from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A playing card having two spots or the side of a die bearing two pips.
- n. A cast of dice totaling two.
- n. A tied score in tennis in which each player or side has 40 points, or 5 or more games, and one player or side must win 2 successive points to win the game, or 2 successive games to win the set.
- transitive v. To make the score of (a tennis game or set) deuce.
- n. The devil: "Love is a bodily infirmity . . . which breaks out the deuce knows how or why” ( Thackeray).
- n. An outstanding example, especially of something difficult or bad: had a deuce of a time getting out of town; a deuce of a family row.
- n. A severe reprimand or expression of anger: got the deuce for being late.
- n. Used as an intensive: What the deuce were they thinking of?
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A card with two spots, one of four in a standard deck of playing cards.
- n. A side of a die with two spots.
- n. A cast of dice totalling two.
- n. The number two.
- n. A tie, both players have the same number of points and one can win by scoring two additional points.
- n. A curveball
- n. A table seating two diners.
- n. The Devil, used in exclamations of confusion or anger
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Two; a card or a die with two spots.
- n. A condition of the score beginning whenever each side has won three strokes in the same game (also reckoned “40 all”), and reverted to as often as a tie is made until one of the sides secures two successive strokes following a tie or deuce, which decides the game.
- n. The devil; a demon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The devil: used, with or without the definite article, chiefly in exclamatory or interjectional phrases, expressing surprise, impatience, or emphasis: as, deuce take you! go to the deuce! the deuce you did!
- n. In cards and other games, two; a card or die with two spots.
- n. In lawn-tennis, a stage of the game in which both players or sides have scored 40, and one must score 2, or, if the other has vantage, 3 points in succession in order to win the game.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tie in tennis or table tennis that requires winning two successive points to win the game
- n. one of the four playing cards in a deck that have two spots
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
- n. a word used in exclamations of confusion
Middle English deus, from Old French, two, from Latin duōs, masculine accusative of duo; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
Probably from Low German duus, a throw of two in dice games, bad luck, ultimately from Latin duo, two; see deuce1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French deux ("two"), from Old French deus, from Latin duo. (Wiktionary)
Compare Late Latin dusius ("phantom, specter"); Scottish Gaelic taibhs, taibhse ("apparition, ghost"); or from Old French deus ("God"), from Latin deus (compare deity.) (Wiktionary)