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The equipment used for the game of deck-quoits. The quoits are the rings of rope.
An 1817 fashion plate depicting three women and a man playing an inverse ring toss, in which they are tossing a quoit


From Middle English coyte (flat stone), from Old French coite, from Latin culcita. Doublet of quilt.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /kɔɪt/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /kɔɪt/, /kwɔɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪt


quoit (plural quoits)

  1. A flat disc of metal or stone thrown at a target in the game of quoits.
    • 1922 , James Joyce, Ulysses, chapter IV:[1]
      He heard then a warm heavy sigh, softer, as she turned over and the loose brass quoits of the bedstead jingled. Must get those settled really.
  2. A ring of rubber or rope similarly used in the game of deck-quoits.
  3. The flat stone covering a cromlech.
  4. The discus used in ancient sports.



quoit (third-person singular simple present quoits, present participle quoiting, simple past and past participle quoited)

  1. (intransitive) To play quoits.
    • ???, John Dryden, The Deluge of Deucalion
      to quoit, to run, and steeds and chariots drive
  2. (transitive) To throw as with a quoit.
    • 1791, Homer; W[illiam] Cowper, transl., The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, Translated into Blank Verse, [], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: [] J[oseph] Johnson, [], OCLC 779243096:
      Each took
      His station, and Epeüs seized the clod.
      He swung, he cast it, and the Greecians laugh'd.
      Leonteus, branch of Mars, quoited it next.