quoiter

quoit

[kwoit, koit]
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.
verb (used with object)
3.
to throw as or like a quoit.
verb (used without object)
4.
to play quoits.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English coyte < ?

quoiter, noun
quoitlike, adjective
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quoit (kɔɪt)
 
n
1.  a ring of iron, plastic, rope, etc, used in the game of quoits
2.  slang (Austral) a variant spelling of coit
 
[C15: of unknown origin]

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quoit
1388, "curling stone," perhaps from O.Fr. coite "flat stone" (with which the game was originally played), lit. "cushion," variant of coilte (see quilt). Quoits were among the games prohibited by Edward III and Richard II to encourage archery. In ref. to a heavy flat iron ring
(and the tossing game played with it) it is recorded from c.1440.
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