Quoits



[kwoit, koit] /kwɔɪt, kɔɪt/

noun
1.
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.
2.
a ring used in the game of quoits.
verb (used with object)
3.
to throw as or like a quoit.
verb (used without object)
4.
to play quoits.
/kɔɪts/
plural noun
1.
(usually functioning as sing) a game in which quoits are tossed at a stake in the ground in attempts to encircle it
/kɔɪt/
noun
1.
a ring of iron, plastic, rope, etc, used in the game of quoits
2.
(Austral, slang) a variant spelling of coit
n.

late 14c., coytes “game played by throwing quoits;” see quoit.
n.

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.

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