verb (used without object)
- to search for game.
- to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
- quesada, gonzalo jiménez de,
- quesnay, françois,
- question mark,
- question master,
- question of fact,
- question of law
Origin of quest
Examples from the Web for questing
He had sent forth his questing, questioning soul, and he waited for an answer.If You Touch Them They Vanish|Gouverneur Morris
It was certainly he who, questing for game in the night, marked the trail with his feet.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles|Jean Henri Fabre
The questing snout swung to and fro, fixed its position and discharged another of those lightning-bolts.The Onslaught from Rigel|Fletcher Pratt
The vision vanished abruptly as his questing eyes made the circle of the ruined walls.The Tree of Life|Catherine Lucille Moore
Again she fired; but now he was upon her and his hand had struck the pistol aside so that the questing bullet sped skywards.Wolf Breed|Jackson Gregory
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.