two times, as in succession: Write twice a week.
on two occasions; in two instances: I phoned him twice.
in twofold quantity or degree; in double the amount or degree: twice as much.

Origin of twice

before 1150; Middle English twies, equivalent to twie twice (Old English twige, cognate with Old Frisian twīa, Old Saxon tuuīo; see twi-) + -s -s1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for twice

Contemporary Examples of twice

Historical Examples of twice

  • He now owned a great deal of water-front, twice as much as before.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • In Vienna, L. 11,000 a-year is equal to twice the sum in England.

  • Remember, Dirk had never but twice seen his sister in a bonnet.

  • Twice she opened her lips, and twice no sound came from them.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Miss Wardwell swelled with importance and let her superior ask her twice.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for twice



two times; on two occasions or in two caseshe coughed twice
double in degree or quantitytwice as long

Word Origin for twice

Old English twiwa; related to Old Norse tvisvar, Middle Low German twiges
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Word Origin and History for twice

late Old English twiga, twigea "two times" (cognate with Old Frisian twia, Old Saxon tuuio) + adverbial genitive ending -es.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with twice


see cheap at twice the price; lightning never strikes twice; once bitten, twice shy; think twice.

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