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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 queuing
  • Each router may be congested, requiring special queuing to meet the demands of the realtime traffic.
  • The event started out with a lot of technical and queuing issues, but the pace picked up within an hour.
  • They had it setup as if you were queuing through a check-in line with a little makeshift baggage claim area on the other side.
  • If you want to buy tickets on the day of travel, allow plenty of extra time for queuing.
  • To many, prefabricated accommodation is synonymous with holiday camps, and about as appealing as queuing for communal showers.
  • But this time, despite plenty of razzmatazz, few customers will be queuing up to buy a copy.
  • Even so, they think it worth queuing to register and vote.
  • Since its launch it has taken on five new members, and more are queuing to join.
  • So attractive is the business that foreigners seem to be queuing up to pay rich prices for fund managers.
  • Trade unionists and lobby groups are queuing up to denounce any expansion of the private sector's role in health care.
British Dictionary definitions for queuing


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
US and Canadian word line
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 queuing



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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