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


Middle English coyte, flat stone, quoit, from Old French coilte, coite, from Latin culcita, cushion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English coyte ("flat stone"), from Old French coite, from Latin culcita. (Wiktionary)


  • 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