# Does biweekly mean every 2 weeks or twice a week?

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• Anonymous

i am astounded at the number of INCORRECT answers you've gotten!

biweekly means = every 2 weeks (bi = 2, weekly = etc.)

'twice a week' would be 'semi-weekly' (semi = half (or 2 of...), etc.)

hope this helped.

-pam

• Charles4 years agoReport

Actually according to almost every dictionary bi-weekly can mean twice a week or every two weeks. I've never understood why we don't use the expression fortnightly for every two weeks. That's what the rest of the English speaking world does. It saves any confusion.

• 5 years ago

According to Merriam-Webster, biweekly can mean either twice a week OR every other week. This is confusing and why biweekly is a term that should not be used.

Merriam-Webster defines semiweekly as twice a week.

So, the take home message is, it's best to use semiweekly when referring to twice a week, and just say "every other week" when you mean that.

• Anonymous

Bi infers the number 2. Biweekly is every 2 weeks.

Semi infers 1/2. Semiweekly is twice per week not normally used to describe pay schedules. Most often used when planning activities for the week. I will need your services semiweekly and will pay you weekly. Or for setting priviledges

Semi monthly refers to being paid twice each month normally on the 1st & 15th days of the month. =24 pay checks per year.

Bimonthly would be every 2 months] = 6 paychecks annually

Biweekly pay means every 2 weeks or 26 pay periods per year

Source(s): Years as a Payroll Accountant, calculating pay and enforcing union contracts

American every 2 weeks

Britain twice a week

• Anonymous

Every 2 weeks.

• Anonymous

every 2 weeks

Hi Kathleen,

Every two weeks.

Source(s): Here's a link to verify my answer: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/biweekly bi-monthly usually means every other month but it's ambiguous and best avoided: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bi-monthly

It's too ambiguous a term; in any critical situation (for instance, medical) the timing should be stated in very plain terms, such as "every two weeks" or "twice a week".

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bi⋅week⋅ly  /baɪˈwikli/

1. occurring every two weeks.

2. occurring twice a week; semiweekly.

–noun

3. a periodical issued every other week.

4. every two weeks.

5. twice a week.

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Origin:

1880–85; bi- 1 + weekly

Dictionary.com Unabridged

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.

My comment. It seems as if it could mean either one

Source(s): dictionary.com