Now it is a merry din of quiring finches, all talking together.
Shakespeare himself ranged from gross naturalism to the quiring of cherubim.
It is as if the pearly gates had been opened for a brief interval to let the earth hear the “quiring of the young-eyed cherubims.”
Mother kept 'quiring 'bout 'em as long as she lived and I have hoped dat I could hear from 'em.
c.1200, "set of four folded pages for a book; pamphlet consisting of a single quire," from Anglo-French quier, Old French quaier "sheet of paper folded in four," from Vulgar Latin *quaternus, from Latin quaterni "four each," from quater "four times." Meaning "standard unit for selling paper" first recorded late 14c. In quires (late 15c.) means "unbound."
early form and later variant spelling of choir (q.v.).