[ kwoit, koit ]
/ kwɔɪt, kɔɪt /


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.
a ring used in the game of quoits.

verb (used with object)

to throw as or like a quoit.

verb (used without object)

to play quoits.

Nearby words

  1. quod erat faciendum,
  2. quod vide,
  3. quodlibet,
  4. quoin,
  5. quoin post,
  6. quoits,
  7. quokka,
  8. quoll,
  9. quondam,
  10. quonset hut

Origin of quoit

1350–1400; Middle English coyte < ?

Related formsquoit·er, nounquoit·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for quoit


/ (kɔɪt) /


a ring of iron, plastic, rope, etc, used in the game of quoits
Australian slang a variant spelling of coit

Word Origin for quoit

C15: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for quoit



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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