One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1quoitstreated as singular A game consisting of aiming and throwing quoits.
- ‘The human thirst for competition takes many quixotic forms - baccarat, sumo, the caber toss, quoits.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The difficulty of maintaining the clay squares and the muddiness that can occur on a wet day makes genuine traditional quoits a rare sport.’
- ‘Is this a single hole version of the above game or is it a variation of quoits with a hole instead of a stake?’
- ‘Its activities were designed to provide healthy recreation for young people, and included competitions in running, jumping, quoits, cricket and football.’
2The flat covering stone of a dolmen.
- 2.1often in place names The dolmen itself.‘New Stone Age burial remains at Zennor Quoit’
- ‘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.’
- ‘With one quoit bead or pendant from Varley Halls in Sussex, analysed by the British Museum, a combination of glazing techniques was used.’
- 2.1often in place names The dolmen itself.
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.
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