two bits

noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Slang.

twenty-five cents.

Nearby words

  1. twitterpated,
  2. twittery,
  3. twixt,
  4. twizzle,
  5. two,
  6. two can play at that game,
  7. two cents,
  8. two gentlemen of verona, the,
  9. two heads are better than one,
  10. two left feet, have

Origin of two bits

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for two bits

two bits


"quarter," 1730, in reference to the Mexican real, a large coin that was divided into eight bits; see bit (n.1). Two bits would have equaled a quarter of the coin. Hence two-bit (adj.) "cheap, tawdry," first recorded 1929. Cf. piece of eight; see piece (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with two bits

two bits

see under for two cents.

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