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Etymology 1[edit]

French deux ‎(two), from Old French deus, from Latin duo.



deuce ‎(plural deuces)

  1. (card games) A card with two spots, one of four in a standard deck of playing cards.
  2. (dice) A side of a die with two spots.
  3. (dice) A cast of dice totalling two.
  4. The number two.
  5. (tennis) A tie, both players have the same number of points and one can win by scoring two additional points.
  6. (baseball) A curveball
  7. (custom cars) A '32 Ford[1] in plural, 2-barrel (twin-choke) carburetors (in the term 3 deuces, an arrangement on a common intake manifold).
  8. (restaurants) A table seating two diners.
  9. (slang) Excrement.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Late Latin dusius ‎(phantom, specter); Scottish Gaelic taibhs, taibhse ‎(apparition, ghost); or from Old French deus ‎(God), from Latin deus (compare deity.)



deuce ‎(plural deuces)

  1. (epithet) The Devil, used in exclamations of confusion or anger
    Love is a bodily infirmity . . . which breaks out the deuce knows how or why (Thackeray)


  1. ^ Geisert, Eric. "The California Spyder", in Street Rodder, 8/99, p.34; Mayall, Joe. "Driving Impression: Reproduction Deuce Hiboy", in Rod Action, 2/78, p.26.