verb (used with or without object), queued, queu·ing.
Words nearby queue
Origin of queue
OTHER WORDS FROM queuequeu·er, noun
historical usage of queue
The first recorded meaning of queue in English, from Old French, dates from the late 15th century and meant “a band of parchment attached to a document and bearing a seal.” The historical sense “a braid of hair worn hanging down from the head or a wig,” dates from the 18th century. The very modern computing sense of queue “a sequence of items, as data, messages, jobs, or the like, waiting for action” dates from the 1960s.
Examples from the Web for queuing
Over at the Starbucks, a steady line of people were queuing to use the loo.
The two great loves of the British people are queuing (i.e. standing in line) and the monarchy.
We know about the queuing, the bureaucracy, the frustrations of dealing with a producer-led rather than patient-friendly system.