"act or fact of standing in line," 1918, verbal noun from queue (v.).

"Queueing" had really become an equivalent for sport with some working-class women. It afforded an occasion and an opportunity for gossip. ["The War of Food in Britain," in "The Congregationalist and Advance," April 25, 1918]

Nearby words

  1. quetzalcoatl,
  2. quetzaltenango,
  3. queue,
  4. queue fourché,
  5. queue-jump,
  6. queuing theory,
  7. quevedo y villegas,
  8. quey,
  9. quezal,
  10. quezaltenango

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