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[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.
Origin of quoit
1350-1400; Middle English coyte < ?
Related forms
quoiter, noun
quoitlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • Could he not beat them all when it came to playing ball or quoits, and were not the maidens all in love with his good looks?

  • He was guardian of the Ridge, and cricket, quoits, and races appealed to him in vain.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • Jack threw dishes at the oilcloth-covered table in imitation of a game of quoits, and he rarely missed the mark.

  • Duck on a Rock is a variation of quoits which is excellent fun.

  • How much they took will never now be known, but each man there had as much pure gold, in bars and quoits, as he could carry.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • The divine teacher was one day playing with his pupil at quoits.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
  • Thukkar quoit-throwing extraordinary, the quoits looking like flying-fish darting hither and thither.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Charley jingled a pocketful of pennies—Speckport pennies at that—as large as quoits.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • Having all cast their quoits, the players walk to the opposite side, and determine the state of the play.

  • But the shy look and the blush were exceedingly well got up, and Charley dropped the quoits with a delighted face.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for quoits


plural noun
(usually functioning as sing) 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
(Austral, slang) a variant spelling of coit
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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