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

  • adjective Twice as much in size, strength, number, or amount.
  • adjective Composed of two like parts.
  • adjective Composed of two unlike parts; dual.
  • adjective Accommodating or designed for two.
  • adjective Characterized by duplicity; deceitful.
  • adjective Botany Having many more than the usual number of petals, usually in a crowded or an overlapping arrangement.
  • noun Something increased twofold.
  • noun One that closely resembles another; a duplicate.
  • noun Something having two identifiable or prominent parts or members.
  • noun Something capable of carrying, moving, or holding two people or things, as a mattress.
  • noun An actor's understudy.
  • noun An actor who takes the place of another actor in scenes requiring special skills or preparations.
  • noun An apparition; a wraith.
  • noun A sharp turn in a direction of movement; a reversal.
  • noun A sharp, often devious change in position or argument; a shift.
  • noun Sports A form of a game, such as tennis or handball, having two players on each side.
  • noun Baseball A hit enabling the batter to reach second base.
  • noun A bid in bridge indicating strength to one's partner; a request for a bid.
  • noun A bid doubling one's opponent's bid in bridge, thus increasing the penalty for failure to fulfill the contract.
  • noun A hand justifying such a bid.
  • intransitive verb To make twice as great.
  • intransitive verb To be twice as much as.
  • intransitive verb To fold in two.
  • intransitive verb To clench (one's fist).
  • intransitive verb To duplicate; repeat.
  • intransitive verb To turn (an enemy spy) into a double agent.
  • intransitive verb To cause the scoring of (a run) by hitting a double.
  • intransitive verb To advance or score (a runner) by hitting a double.
  • intransitive verb To put out (a runner) as the second part of a double play.
  • intransitive verb Games To challenge (an opponent's bid) with a double in bridge.
  • intransitive verb Music To duplicate (another part or voice) an octave higher or lower or in unison.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To sail around.
  • intransitive verb To be increased twofold.
  • intransitive verb To turn sharply or all the way around; reverse one's course.
  • intransitive verb To serve in an additional capacity.
  • intransitive verb To replace an actor in the actor's absence or in a certain scene.
  • intransitive verb Baseball To hit a double.
  • intransitive verb Games To announce a double in bridge.
  • adverb To twice the amount or extent; doubly.
  • adverb Two together; in pairs.
  • adverb In two.
  • idiom (on/at) Immediately.
  • idiom (on/at) In double time.


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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin duplus; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.]

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13th Century. From Old French doble, double, from Latin duplus ("twofold").


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  • What does it say about Wordies that this word appears on only 5 lists, while the dreaded S-word is listed hundreds of times?

    April 15, 2008

  • Make that six, it's a yummy word.

    April 15, 2008

  • Uh, this word is boring?

    April 15, 2008

  • I admit I don't find this word particularly exciting either.

    April 15, 2008

  • I would find it more exciting if it were spelled "dubble". Then it would be a silly word, and we could all have a good time making fun of it.

    "Double", though... isn't much of anything.

    April 15, 2008

  • Dubbel is a style of Belgian beer, if that helps any.

    April 15, 2008

  • ptero's causing trubble again ...

    April 15, 2008

  • It's not that unexciting. :-)

    April 15, 2008

  • It definitely gives good mouthfeel, and that's something that cannot be said for, say, pantyhose.

    April 15, 2008

  • I like it - it's got mouthfeel, it's not bad-looking, and it's got a good meaning. After all, double of anything is better, right? Unless it's a bad thing.

    April 15, 2008

  • Someone who stands in for another actor in certain scenes.

    June 12, 2008

  • A person used when the Actor is not available. Usually from long distance or from behind, or for a part of the body such as hands and feet.

    August 7, 2008