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[doo-sid, dyoo-; doost, dyoost] /ˈdu sɪd, ˈdyu-; dust, dyust/ Chiefly British
devilish; confounded; damned.
Origin of deuced
1775-1785; deuce2 + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Bideawhile's honest; but you've got to fight him deuced close to prevent his getting the better of you.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • But he can make a deuced pretty thing out of the other side as well.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • "It is deuced strange Victor doesn't come," he said, impatiently.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton Laura Jean Libbey
  • And every night as they went upstairs, he repeated that, after all, it was deuced lucky.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • I have been a deuced sight too quiet, because I have not chosen to disturb him in his illness.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • You intended to be deuced good to me—and what have I done that you should round on me now?

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • You don't catch my meaning, Jack; girls are deuced dull, you know,—I mean obtuse.

  • "I begin to feel it deuced cold here," said Beecher, shuddering.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Sometimes he enters the room sniffing, and remarks, How deuced good the coffee smells roasting!

    Three in Norway James Arthur Lees
  • Is a deuced sight better, sir, than your grand-motherly methods.

British Dictionary definitions for deuced


/ˈdjuːsɪd; djuːst/
(intensifier, usually qualifying something undesirable) damned; confounded: he's a deuced idiot
(intensifier): deuced good luck
Derived Forms
deucedly, adverb
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