doit

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Middle Low German doyt, cognate with Middle Dutch duit.

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.

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Scots doit, apparently a Scots cognate of dote.

Verb[edit]

doit (third-person singular simple present doits, present participle doiting, simple past and past participle doited)

  1. (Scotland, rare) To stumble; to blunder.
    • 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner:
      I trembled with astonishment; and on my return from the small window went doiting in amongst the weaver's looms, tillI entangled myself, and could not get out again without working great deray amongst the coarse linen threads that stood in warp from one end of the apartment unto the other.

French[edit]

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doit

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

Old French[edit]

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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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Welsh[edit]

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doit

  1. (literary) second-person singular imperfect / conditional of dod

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
doit ddoit noit unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.