from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Upper Northern U.S. A game in which flat rings of iron or rope are pitched at a stake, with points awarded for encircling it.
  • n. Upper Northern U.S. One of the rings used in this game.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a flat disc of metal or stone thrown at a target in the game of quoits
  • n. a ring of rubber or rope similarly used in the game of deck-quoits
  • n. the flat stone covering a cromlech
  • v. To play at quoits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A flattened ring-shaped piece of iron, to be pitched at a fixed object in play; hence, any heavy flat missile used for the same purpose, as a stone, piece of iron, etc.
  • n. A game played with quoits.
  • n. The discus of the ancients. See Discus.
  • n. A cromlech.
  • intransitive v. To throw quoits; to play at quoits.
  • transitive v. To throw; to pitch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw as a quoit; throw.
  • To throw quoits; play at quoits.
  • n. A flattish ring of iron, used in playing a kind of game.
  • n. plural The game played with such rings.
  • n. A quoit-shaped implement used as a weapon of war; a discus.
  • n. In archaeology, same as dolmen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. game equipment consisting of a ring of iron or circle of rope used in playing the game of quoits


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English coyte, flat stone, quoit, from Old French coilte, coite, from Latin culcita, cushion.

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Middle English coyte ("flat stone"), from Old French coite, from Latin culcita.


  • This was why: Before Sabol left, the two played a backyard game called quoit, similar to horseshoes. - RSS

  • Olympic truce; and among these is Aristotle the philosopher, who adduces as a proof of it the quoit which is at Olympia, on which the name of

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume I

  • The Discus was a kind of quoit of a round form, made sometimes of wood, but more frequently of stone, lead, or other metal; as iron or brass.

    The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians and Grecians (Vol. 1 of 6)

  • His one hand slipped into his pocket and clutched the quoit.


  • The one hand of Bruce Cadogan Cavendish flashed pocketward and flashed back with the quoit balanced ripe for business.


  • Simultaneously Slim reached for his quoit, and Whiskers and Fatty for their rocks.


  • Bruce Cadogan Cavendish pulled forth his iron quoit and seemed to debate whether or not he should brain the other.


  • The talon emerged, clutching ready for action a six-pound iron quoit.


  • And the Colchians gave a loud cry, like the roar of the sea when it beats upon sharp crags; and speechless amazement seized Aeetes at the rush of the sturdy quoit.

    The Argonautica

  • But Jason bethought him of the counsels of Medea full of craft, and seized from the plain a huge round boulder, a terrible quoit of Ares

    The Argonautica


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  • "The discobolus, she continued, who presently appeared on the anxious trot to ask the bloody impressionist and the screaming Madame Monet if they had seen his quoit was a bassetted and spatted Englishman whose carp's mouth and plaid knickerbockers sprang from the pages of Jerome K. Jerome."

    --Guy Davenport in "A Field of Snow on a Slope of the Rosenberg"

    January 19, 2010

  • "(The brass quoits of a bed are heard to jingle.)"

    Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    February 8, 2007