Definitions

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  • n. A small Dutch coin, equivalent to one-eighth of a stiver.
  • n. A small amount; a bit, a jot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small Dutch coin, worth about half a farthing; also, a similar small coin once used in Scotland; hence, any small piece of money.
  • n. A thing of small value.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small copper coin (the eighth part of a stiver) formerly current in the Netherlands and the Dutch colonies, and worth about a farthing.
  • n. Any trifling coin or sum of money.
  • n. Hence A trifle: as, I care not a doit.
  • An obsolete (Scotch) variant of dote.

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

  • v. have sexual intercourse with

Etymologies

From Middle Low German doyt, cognate with Middle Dutch duit. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • So likewise of his syder, the pore man might haue his moderate draught of it (as there is a moderation in all things) as well for his doit or his dandiprat, as the rich man for his halfe souse or his denier.

    - Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, 1594

    March 6, 2010

  • "'Oh, here.' He brought out a small plastic bag and carefully poured a handful of tiny copper coins into a pile alongside the other money.

    'Doits,' he explained. 'The smallest denomination of Scottish coinage at the time.'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 290

    January 14, 2010

  • "Friends now fast sworn,
    Whose double bosoms seems to wear one heart,
    Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and exercise
    Are still together, who twin, as 'twere, in love
    Unseparable, shall within this hour,
    On a dissension of a doit, break out
    To bitterest enmity..."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009

  • Citation on bustle.

    October 2, 2008