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[kwahyuh r]
noun, verb (used with or without object), quired, quir·ing.
  1. Archaic. choir.
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Historical Examples of quiring

  • Shakespeare himself ranged from gross naturalism to the quiring of cherubim.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks

    James Huneker

  • Now it is a merry din of quiring finches, all talking together.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton

  • 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.”

    Some Spring Days in Iowa

    Frederick John Lazell

  • Mother kept 'quiring 'bout 'em as long as she lived and I have hoped dat I could hear from 'em.

British Dictionary definitions for quiring


  1. a set of 24 or 25 sheets of paper; a twentieth of a ream
    1. four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
    2. a section or gathering
  2. a set of all the sheets in a book
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Word Origin for quire

C15 quayer, from Old French quaier, from Latin quaternī four at a time, from quater four times


  1. an obsolete spelling of choir
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Word Origin and History for quiring



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."

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early form and later variant spelling of choir (q.v.).

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