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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English dewes (two), from Anglo-Norman, from Old French deus, from Latin duo.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /djuːs/, /d͡ʒuːs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /duːs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːs


deuce (plural deuces)

  1. (card games) A card with two pips, one of four in a standard deck of playing cards.
  2. (dice games) A side of a die with two spots.
  3. (dice games) A cast of dice totalling two.
  4. The number two.
    1. (Canada, US, slang) A piece of excrement.
    2. (Canada, slang) A two-year prison sentence.
  5. A hand gesture consisting of a raised index and middle fingers, a peace sign.
  6. (tennis) A tied game where either player can win by scoring two consecutive points.
  7. (baseball) A curveball.
  8. A '32 Ford.
    • 1978, Mayall, Joe. "Driving Impression: Reproduction Deuce Hiboy", in Rod Action, p.26
    • 2012, Pat Ganahl, Lost Hot Rods II: More Remarkable Stories of How They Were Found, page 62:
      It belonged to “the 1932 guy,” who had four or five Deuces sitting in his yard.
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Particularly: “Geisert”
  1. (in the plural) 2-barrel (twin choke) carburetors (in the phrase 3 deuces: an arrangement on a common intake manifold).
  2. (restaurants, slang) A table seating two diners.

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Playing cards in English · playing cards (layout · text)
Ace of spades.svg 2 of spades.svg 3 of spades.svg 4 of spades.svg 5 of spades.svg 6 of spades.svg 7 of spades.svg
ace deuce, two three four five six seven
8 of spades.svg 9 of spades.svg 10 of spades.svg Jack of spades2.svg Queen of spades2.svg King of spades2.svg Joker black 02.svg
eight nine ten jack, knave queen king joker

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.
    • 1840, William Makepeace Thackeray, Catherine:
      Love is a bodily infirmity [] which breaks out the deuce knows how or why
    • 1843, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol:
      To sit, staring at those fixed glazed eyes, in silence for a moment, would play, Scrooge felt, the very deuce with him.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      "Why, Job, you old son of a gun, where the deuce have we got to now - eh?"
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 65:
      Still bemused by the inexplicable apparition of Podson on that spot, Bradly growled, "How the dooce did you get here?"
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