two-by-four

noun
\ˌtü-bī-ˈfȯr \

Definition of two-by-four 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of lumber approximately 2 by 4 inches as sawed and usually 1⁵/₈ by 3⁵/₈ inches when dressed

two-by-four

adjective

Definition of two-by-four (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : small or petty of its kind this house and its two-by-four garden— Philip Barry

2 : measuring two units (such as inches) by four

First Known Use of two-by-four

Noun

1884, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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two-by-four

noun

English Language Learners Definition of two-by-four

: a piece of wood that has been cut to be long and straight so that it can be used for building things and that is about 2 inches thick and 4 inches wide

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