verb (used without object), dealt, deal·ing.
verb (used with object), dealt, deal·ing.
- the distribution of cards to the players in a game.
- the set of cards in one's hand.
- the turn of a player to deal.
- the period of time during which a deal is played.
- Poker.to deal the final hand of a game.
- Slang.to get rid of or trade (something or someone) in a transaction.
- deakin, alfred,
- deal in,
- deal out,
- deal with,
Origin of deal1
verb deals, dealing or dealt (dɛlt)
- the process of distributing the cards
- a player's turn to do this
- a single round in a card game
Word Origin for deal
Word Origin for deal
Old English dælan "to divide, distribute, separate, share, bestow, dispense," from the source of deal (n.). Meaning "to distribute cards before a game" is from 1520s. To deal with "handle" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Dealt; dealing.
from Old English dæl "part, share, quantity, amount," from Proto-Germanic *dailaz (cf. Old Norse deild, Old Frisian del, Dutch deel, Old High German and German teil, Gothic dails "part, share"), from PIE *dail- "to divide" (cf. Old Church Slavonic delu "part," Lithuanian dalis).
Business sense of "transaction, bargain" is 1837, originally slang. Meaning "an amount" is from 1560s. New Deal is from F.D. Roosevelt speech of July 1932. Big deal is 1928; ironic use first recorded 1951 in "Catcher in the Rye." Deal breaker is attested by 1975.
"plank or board of pine," c.1400, from Low German (cf. Middle Low German dele), from Proto-Germanic *theljon, from PIE root *tel- "ground, floor." An Old English derivative was þelu "hewn wood, board, flooring."
Distribute, as in He dealt out more and more work. [Late 1300s] Also see deal in, def. 3.
deal someone out. Exclude someone, as in I don't have time for this project, so deal me out. This usage is the opposite of deal in, def. 3.
In addition to the idioms beginning with deal
- deal in
- deal out
- deal with
- big deal
- close the sale (deal)
- cut a deal
- done deal
- good deal
- make a federal case (big deal)
- no deal
- raw deal
- square deal
- sweeten the kitty (deal)
- wheel and deal