Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Darned; confounded.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Devilish; excessive; confounded: as, it is a deuced shame: often used adverbially.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Low Devilish; excessive; extreme.

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  • adverb degree, euphemistic, dated Damned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective expletives used informally as intensifiers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From deuce.]

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See deuce.

Examples

  • "'Pon my word, now, that's what I call deuced generous."

    Out of the Primitive

  • "Oh, everybody's back speeches are what you call deuced awkward."

    Quisanté

  • You are what the English call a deuced sharp little pickle.

    My Friend Prospero

  • Guy tried to improvise a consistent sequel to these little love-signs, but it grew ridiculous naturally enough, he gathered all these interesting little circumstances within the limits of "a plain gold ring," but these are "deuced" narrow limits for two healthy people and one small income to thrive in.

    Honor Edgeworth Ottawa's Present Tense

  • It is so "deuced" hard for a conceited sensitive fellow to bear the taunts of his more free and independent companions, when he is forced to decline their invitation to "come along."

    Honor Edgeworth Ottawa's Present Tense

  • "Azím": translators do not seem to know that this word in The Nights often bears its Egyptian and slang sense, somewhat equivalent to our "deuced" or "mighty" or "awfully fine."

    Arabian nights. English

  • You've been a political - an 'a deuced successful one.

    Fiancée

  • It sounded deuced odd, but then he and his gang looked odd.

    Fiancée

  • I waited, wondering - of course, Skene had said she'd been brought up with boys, and could handle arms with the best of them, but it seemed deuced odd - and then she was back, ordering her attendants away, tying up her hair in a silk scarf, and ordering me on guard very business-like.

    Fiancée

  • I passed him my flask, filled that very morning by Mrs. Miggins with a rather superior imported Armagnac and remarked “Well Lestrade, it was deuced fortunate that I happened along, what?”

    The Case Of The Limehouse Golem

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  • That one about the cracked lookingglass of a servant being the symbol of Irish art is deuced good.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 1

    December 29, 2006