verb (used without object)
- to search for game.
- to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
Origin of quest
Synonyms for quest
Related Words for questedmoan, growl, groan, yelp, wail, roar, whimper, hoot, outcry, shriek, grill, search, challenge, interrogate, quiz, investigate, interview, query, seek, examine
Examples from the Web for quested
Historical Examples of quested
He had quested for the difference with his ear,—and the difference lay in the feel of the sound.The Yellow Horde
Hal G. Evarts
Well, then, Paris had quested forth to find and win the most beautiful of women.Superwomen
Albert Payson Terhune
They shrank down in fear, and quested anxiously about with their eyes for a way of retreat.Before Adam
Failing in many attempts to open them, he quested food, found it, and consoled himself with it.Futuria Fantasia, Fall 1939
Yet it was possible that those in the catacombs were unaware how Scotland Yard, night and day, quested for Mr. King.The Yellow Claw
verb (mainly intr)
- to search for game
- to bay when in pursuit of game
Word Origin for quest
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.
see under in search of.