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  1. Also duit. an old small copper coin of the Netherlands and Dutch colonies, first issued in the 17th century.
  2. a bit or trifle.
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Origin of doit

First recorded in 1585–95, doit is from the Dutch word duit
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Examples from the Web for doit

Historical Examples

  • "I have no intention of leaving a doit to any hospital in the world," said Mr. Grey.

    Margaret Capel, v. 1 of 3

    Ellen Wallace

  • But of money to help us into this fenced-in Lapland we could not get one doit.

  • By selling so and so many for a doit, the profit would be enormous.

  • Even a large proportion of the adults will not doit must be all.

    New Worlds For Old

    Herbert George Wells

  • The Pope, to whom he had lent great sums of money, refused to repay a doit.

British Dictionary definitions for doit


  1. a former small copper coin of the Netherlands
  2. a trifle
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Word Origin

C16: from Middle Dutch duit
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