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[kyoo] /kyu/
a braid of hair worn hanging down behind.
a file or line, especially of people waiting their turn.
Computers. a FIFO-organized sequence of items, as data, messages, jobs, or the like, waiting for action.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), queued, queuing.
to form in a line while waiting (often followed by up).
Computers. to arrange (data, jobs, messages, etc.) into a queue.
Origin of queue
1585-95; < Middle French < Latin cauda, cōda tail
Related forms
queuer, noun
Can be confused
cue, Kew, queue. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for queued
  • Students then queued up outside the auditorium to swab, chatting with friends and catching up on homework while waiting in line.
  • Amazon's already queued up tons of content to buy, including a few daily newspapers.
  • And as a result, the people who were queued up behaved differently.
  • He glides through his travels infinitely more knowledgeably than the queued-up mortals around him.
  • Minicabs must be called or booked in advance and cannot be hailed or queued for on the street.
  • They're going to need a lot more than that to accommodate the crowd of students queued up outside.
  • Sixty-five messages were queued up, waiting to be sent to my friends.
  • Thousands of franchisees queued for a chance to peer from a catwalk at the burger flippers below.
  • Congressmen queued up before the television cameras to tell everybody how upset they were.
  • Fans in many countries queued round the block to get their hands on a coveted early copy.
British Dictionary definitions for queued


a line of people, vehicles, etc, waiting for something: a queue at the theatre
(computing) a list in which entries are deleted from one end and inserted at the other
a pigtail
jump the queue, See queue-jump
verb queues, queuing, queueing, queued
(intransitive) often foll by up. to form or remain in a line while waiting
(computing) to arrange (a number of programs) in a predetermined order for accessing by a computer
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Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: tail); C18 (in the sense: pigtail): via French from Latin cauda tail
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Word Origin and History for queued



late 15c., "band attached to a letter with seals dangling on the free end," from French queue "a tail," from Old French cue, coe "tail" (12c., also "penis"), from Latin coda (dialectal variant or alternative form of cauda) "tail," of unknown origin. Also in literal use in 16c. English, "tail of a beast," especially in heraldry. The Middle English metaphoric extension to "line of dancers" (c.1500) led to extended sense of "line of people, etc." (1837). Also used 18c. in sense of "braid of hair hanging down behind" (first attested 1748).


"to stand in a line," 1893, from queue (n.). Earlier "put hair up in a braid" (1777). Related: Queued; queueing. Churchill is said to have coined Queuetopia (1950), to describe Britain under Labour or Socialist rule.

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