Definition of quoit in English:


Pronunciation /kwɔɪt//kɔɪt/


  • 1A ring of iron, rope, or rubber thrown in a game to encircle or land as near as possible to an upright peg.

    • ‘Deck Quoits played with quoits made from rope has been a popular pastime on cruise ships for decades.’
    • ‘A whole day of sponsored games, including skipping, soccer skills, rugby touch-downs and quoit balancing, helped to raise £520.’
    • ‘In the old days, games could go on until after midnight - what with the drinking and that - and we had to light matches to show players where to land the quoit.’
    • ‘The surface of a sphere is a good example, as is a torus (the mathematical name for the shape of the surface of a quoit, or a ring-shaped doughnut).’
    • ‘Pitching quoits is common at family reunions and picnics.’
    • ‘It uses rubber rings and to make up for their lack of shape, one side is coloured black, the other white and any quoit which falls black side up, doesn't score.’
    1. 1.1quoitstreated as singular A game consisting of aiming and throwing quoits.
      • ‘Its activities were designed to provide healthy recreation for young people, and included competitions in running, jumping, quoits, cricket and football.’
      • ‘The difficulty of maintaining the clay squares and the muddiness that can occur on a wet day makes genuine traditional quoits a rare sport.’
      • ‘The human thirst for competition takes many quixotic forms - baccarat, sumo, the caber toss, quoits.’
      • ‘Is this a single hole version of the above game or is it a variation of quoits with a hole instead of a stake?’
      • ‘Organisers are also looking for community organisations to run antiquated fair games such a quoits and bob-the-apple to add to the atmosphere of the day.’
  • 2The flat covering stone of a dolmen.

    1. 2.1often in place names The dolmen itself.
      ‘New Stone Age burial remains at Zennor Quoit’
      • ‘With one quoit bead or pendant from Varley Halls in Sussex, analysed by the British Museum, a combination of glazing techniques was used.’
      • ‘If you looked at our itinerary you'd think we were bouncing from quoit to holy well to stone circle and you wouldn't be far wrong.’
  • 3Australian informal A person's buttocks.

    • ‘But just to bring you up to speed; the quoit is coming along fine, thanks.’


  • with object and adverbial of direction Throw or propel like a quoit.

    ‘it was just beyond where Falstaff was quoited into the Thames’


Late Middle English: probably of French origin.