Meaning of DEUCE in English

I. ˈd(y)üs noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French deus two, from Old French, from Latin duos, accusative masculine of duo two — more at two



(1) : the face of a die that bears two spots

(2) : a playing card bearing an index number 2 or having two pips : twospot


(1) : a cast of dice yielding a point of two

(2) deuces plural : a pair of deuces in a poker hand


[so called from the two successive points or games that must be won]

: a tie in tennis in points toward a game or in games toward a set immediately below the minimum score needed for one side to win (as at 40 points or 5 games in lawn tennis) requiring scoring of two consecutive points by one side to win the game or set ; also : a subsequent tie in a game in which deuce has occurred — compare advantage


[probably from deuce two at dice (as the lowest throw)]

a. obsolete : bad luck : plague — used chiefly as a mild oath

b. : devil , dickens , hell — used chiefly as a mild oath

the deuce you say

what the deuce is he up to now

and as an intensive with in

where in the deuce is he

c. : something notable of its kind — used quasi adverbially

a deuce of a lovely day

we had one deuce of a time getting there on schedule

4. : any of various things of which the number two forms an important identification (as a two-dollar bill, a 2000-watt spotlight, or a score of two strokes on a hole at golf)

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to bring the score of (a tennis game or set) to deuce

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