verb (used with object), two-timed, two-tim·ing. Informal.

to be unfaithful to (a lover or spouse).
to double-cross.

Origin of two-time

First recorded in 1925–30
Related formstwo-tim·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for two-time

Contemporary Examples of two-time

Historical Examples of two-time

  • Certain also that the two-time polka was the dance of the young man's native land.


    S. R. Crockett

  • Now, waltzers in two-time always move very rapidly; indeed, that is the main purpose of the innovation.

    Monsieur Cherami

    Charles Paul de Kock

British Dictionary definitions for two-time



informal to deceive (someone, esp a lover) by carrying on a relationship with another
Derived Formstwo-timer, noun
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Word Origin and History for two-time

"to deceive, cheat, betray," 1924, perhaps from notion of "to have two at a time." An earlier reference (1922) in a Kentucky criminal case and involves a double-cross or betrayal, without a romance angle. Related: two-timing (adj.); two-timer.

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