- 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.
- to throw as or like a quoit.
- to play quoits.
Origin of quoit
Examples from the Web for quoits
When in Richmond the one sport in which he delighted was the pitching of quoits.The Life of John Marshall Volume 4 of 4
Albert J. Beveridge
Games at cricket and quoits, as well as polo-matches and races, were arranged.
He was guardian of the Ridge, and cricket, quoits, and races appealed to him in vain.
Well, this was all I could do, for I am not skilful in throwing hats or quoits.Spinning Tops
Quoits is a game not played as much as it should be by American boys.What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
- (usually functioning as singular) a game in which quoits are tossed at a stake in the ground in attempts to encircle it
- a ring of iron, plastic, rope, etc, used in the game of quoits
- Australian slang a variant spelling of coit
Word Origin and History for quoits
late 14c., coytes "game played by throwing quoits;" see 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.