[ twahys ]
/ twaɪs /


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.

Nearby words

  1. twi,
  2. twi-,
  3. twi-night,
  4. twi-nighter,
  5. twibill,
  6. twice-born,
  7. twice-laid,
  8. twice-told,
  9. twicer,
  10. twickenham

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

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British Dictionary definitions for twice


/ (twaɪs) /


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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