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.’
    • ‘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. 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.

    1. 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.’
  • 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.