|Signal flag for the digit 2|
- (international standards) NATO &ICAO phonetic alphabet code for the digit 2.
- Synonym: bissotwo (ITU/IMO)
|← 1||2||3 →|
| Cardinal: two|
Latinate ordinal: secondary
Adverbial: two times, twice
Latinate multiplier: double
Collective: both, pair, twosome
Multiuse collective: doublet, couple, couplet
Greek or Latinate collective: dyad
Metric collective prefix: double-
Greek collective prefix: di-, duo-
Latinate collective prefix: bi-
Metric fractional prefix: demi-
Latinate fractional prefix: semi-
Elemental: twin, doublet
Greek prefix: deutero-
Number of musicians: duo, duet, duplet
Number of years: biennium
From Middle English two, twa, from Old English twā, neuter of twēġen (whence twain), from Proto-West Germanic *twai-, from Proto-Germanic *twai, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.
Cognate with Scots twa (“two”); North Frisian tou, tuu (“two”); Saterland Frisian twäin, two (“two”); West Frisian twa (“two”); Dutch twee (“two”); Low German twee, twei (“two”); German zwei, zwo (“two”); Danish and Norwegian to (“two”); Swedish två, tu (“two”); Icelandic tvö (“two”); Latin duō (“two”); Ancient Greek δύο (dúo, “two”); Irish dhá (“two”); Lithuanian dù (“two”); Russian два (dva, “two”); Albanian dy (“two”); Old Armenian երկու (erku, “two”); Sanskrit द्व (dvá, “two”); Tocharian A wu, Tocharian B wi. Doublet of duo. See also twain.
- (UK) IPA(key): /tuː/, [tʰu̟ː], enPR: to͞o
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- (US) IPA(key): /tu/, [tʰu̟], enPR: to͞o
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- (obsolete) IPA(key): /twuː/, enPR: two͞o
- Rhymes: -uː
- Homophones: to, too
- A numerical value equal to 2; this many dots (••).
- 1912 January, Zane Grey, chapter 8, in Riders of the Purple Sage […], New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219:
- Venters began to count them—one—two—three—four—on up to sixteen.
- Describing a set or group with two elements.
- 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 5, in Pulling the Strings:
- “ […] The two murders might have been done by one of the ryots who was dissatisfied over his assessment and thought he had a grievance. […].”
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two (plural twos)
- The digit/figure 2.
- The number 2202 contains three twos.
- (US, informal) A two-dollar bill.
- A child aged two.
- This toy is suitable for the twos and threes.
- A playing card featuring two pips.
- Two o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.
- 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
- It was a weary time. A carriage clock had been placed on the discoloured wooden mantelpiece, and slowly its hands crept on from one to two and from two to three.
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|[a], [b] ← 1||2||3 →|
| Cardinal: two, twei|
Adverbial: twie, twies
From Old English twā, feminine of twēġen.
- p. 1154, “AD 1137”, in Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (MS. Laud Misc. 636, continuation), Peterborough, folio 89, verso; republished at Oxford: Digital Bodleian, 8 February 2018:
- Gif tƿa men oþer ·iii· coman ridend to an tun · al þe tunſcipe flugæn foꝛ heom. ƿenden ð hi ƿæron ræuereſ.
- If two or three men came riding into a town, the whole town ran away from them, concluding that they were robbers.
- “twō, num.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.