doit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German doyt, cognate with Middle Dutch duit.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

doit (plural doits)

  1. (historical) A small Dutch coin, equivalent to one-eighth of a stiver.
  2. (archaic) A small amount; a bit, a jot.
    • 1819, — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
      “Speak out, ye Saxon dogs — what bid ye for your worthless lives? — How say you, you of Rotherwood?” “Not a doit I,” answered poor Wamba.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2
      When / they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they / will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.
  3. (music) In jazz music, a note that slides to an indefinite pitch chromatically upwards.
    • 1995, Music & Computers (volume 1, issues 2-4, page 57)
      Jazz symbols include many contoured articulations and inflections, such as doits, fall-offs, and scoops.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

doit

  1. Must, has to third-person singular present indicative of devoir
    Il doit aller en France un jour
    He must go to France one day

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin digitus.

Noun[edit]

doit m (oblique plural doiz or doitz, nominative singular doiz or doitz, nominative plural doit)

  1. finger (appendage)

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