The moon brooded upon the lulled waves, and quested among the ridges of driftwood for pearly shells.
Well, then, Paris had quested forth to find and win the most beautiful of women.
Failing in many attempts to open them, he quested food, found it, and consoled himself with it.
They shrank down in fear, and quested anxiously about with their eyes for a way of retreat.
He had quested along the trail and found Smoke's tracks where he had left it to take refuge on the bank.
Yet it was possible that those in the catacombs were unaware how Scotland Yard, night and day, quested for Mr. King.
He had quested for the difference with his ear,—and the difference lay in the feel of the sound.
Yet I stayed not in my going, as I quested through the deep-wooded hill, till I beheld him, and instantly essayed my prowess.
c.1300, "an inquest;" early 14c., "a search for something" (especially of judicial inquiries or hounds seeking game), from Old French queste "search, quest, chase, hunt, pursuit; inquest, inquiry" (12c., Modern French quête), properly "the act of seeking," and directly from Medieval Latin questa "search, inquiry," alteration of Latin quaesitus (fem. quaesita) "sought-out, select," past participle of quaerere "seek, gain, ask" (see query (n.)). Romance sense of "adventure undertaken by a knight" (especially the search for the Grail) is attested from late 14c. Johnson's dictionary has questmonger "Starter of lawsuits or prosecutions."
mid-14c., "to seek game, hunt," from quest (n.) and from Old French quester "to search, hunt," from queste (n.). Related: Quested; questing.