Definition of quoit in English:


Syllabification: quoit
Pronunciation: /k(w)oit


  • 1A ring of iron, rope, or rubber thrown in a game to encircle or land as near as possible to an upright peg.
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    • Deck Quoits played with quoits made from rope has been a popular pastime on cruise ships for decades.
    • 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.
    • Pitching quoits is common at family reunions and picnics.
  • 1.1 (quoits) [treated as singular] A game consisting of aiming and throwing quoits.
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    • Its activities were designed to provide healthy recreation for young people, and included competitions in running, jumping, quoits, cricket and football.
    • 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.
  • 2.1(Often in place names) the dolmen itself: Quoit Green in Derbyshire
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    • 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.


[with object] archaic Back to top  
  • Throw or propel like a quoit.


late Middle English: probably of French origin.

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