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quoit

[kwoit, koit]
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noun
  1. quoits, (used with a singular verb) a game in which rings of rope or flattened metal are thrown at an upright peg, the object being to encircle it or come as close to it as possible.
  2. a ring used in the game of quoits.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to throw as or like a quoit.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to play quoits.
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Origin of quoit

1350–1400; Middle English coyte < ?
Related formsquoit·er, nounquoit·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for quoit

Historical Examples

  • A quoit that falls with its flat side upward does not count.

    Every Boy's Book: A Complete Encyclopdia of Sports and Amusements

    Various

  • She took off her hat, and threw it, like a quoit, on to the bed.

    Yonder

    Emily Hilda Young

  • The quoit was the ancient weapon of the Sikh, who calls it chakar.

  • And in throwing the quoit Elatrius excelled; and in leaping at the bar, Amphialus.

    Stories of the Old world

    Alfred John Church

  • His one hand slipped into his pocket and clutched the quoit.

    The Red One

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for quoit

quoit

noun
  1. a ring of iron, plastic, rope, etc, used in the game of quoits
  2. Australian slang a variant spelling of coit
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Word Origin

C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for quoit

n.

late 14c., "curling stone," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French coite "flat stone" (with which the game was originally played), literally "cushion," variant of coilte (see quilt (n.)). Quoits were among the games prohibited by Edward III and Richard II to encourage archery. In reference to a heavy flat iron ring (and the tossing game played with it) it is recorded from mid-15c.

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