Words starting with ” q ” for SAT, GRE, GMAT, CAT skmclasses Bangalore

QALY – “quality-adjusted life year”, a measure by health economists for efficacy of a drug: years of life provided, adjusted for quality of life (1.0  = perfect health). If a drug costing $1,000 extends a person’s life in prefect health for one year and then the person dies, the drug costs $1,000 per QALY.

Q-boat; Q-ship – an armed ship disguised as a merchant or fishing ship to decoy enemy submarines into gun range

qepiq – Azerbaijani currency: 100 qepiq = 1 manat

qiana; Qiana – a silklike nylon fabric, introduced by DuPont in 1968

qintar – Albanian currency – 100 qindarka = 1 lek

qiviut – the soft wool lying beneath the long coat of the muskox [Inuit, pl. of qiviuq = down, underhair]

qoph – the 19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The equivalent letter in the Arabic alphabet is called qaf.

quadroon – offspring of a mulatto and a white [one-quarter black]. see mulatto

quagmire – land with a soft muddy surface; also a difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.

quahog – an Atlantic Coast hard-shell clam; quahog clam clan includes popular littlenecks and cherrystones

qualtagh – (from Manx, the Gaelic language of the Isle of Man)
1. the first person to step into your home (or the first person you meet) on New Year’s Day
2. [capitalized] a Christmas or New Year’s custom of going caroling door to door, singing for food or gifts

quanked – overpowered by fatigue [obsolete; from The Word Museum by J. Kacirk]

quantitate – to measure or estimate the quantity of

quaquaversal – (mainly Geol.) turning or dipping in any or all directions

quarterback – from US football: to lead or direct the operations of

quasihemisemidemiquaver – see quaver

Quasimodo – eponym; surfing: a maneuver in which the surfer rides hunched at the front of the board with head down, one arm forward and one arm

quassia – [eponym] a medicine against intestinal worms

quaver (music) – the ♪, also called an eighth-note in the US
demiquaver – half a quaver; a 16th note
semidemiquaver – half a demiquaver; a 32nd note
hemisemidemiquaver – half a semidemiquaver; a 64th note
quasihemisemidemiquaver – half a hemisemidemiquaver; a 128th note

Queen Anne’s lace – a common wildflower with a large, lacy white head (8th picture here). Akin to the carrot; can be used as a garden flower.

Queer Street – a condition of financial instability or embarrassment

queme – to slip in, to put in privately [the term has other meanings, not mentioned here.]

quercitron – the black oak (also called quercitron oak); its bright orange inner bark; a yellow dye obtained from that inner bark

queue – a line of people or vehicles waiting for something

qui vive (noun) – alert; lookout; used in the phrase on the qui vive

quicksilver – rapidly shifting and changeable esp. with the sense of elusive, hard-to-catch

quicunque vult [bizarre etymology] – see Athanasian wench

quid – one pound sterling, in British money. (plural is ‘quid’, not ‘quids’)

quiddity – a hairsplitting distinction; a quibble

quidnunc – one who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip; a busybody

quiff – a woman regarded as promiscuous (among other meanings)

quim – see swive

quinella – a bet where the bettor must name the top two finishers

quipu – an ancient Inca record-keeping device: colored strings knotted so as to encode information

quirt – a short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – Who will guard the guards themselves? (“Who will keep the authorities on the straight and narrow?”)

quisling – eponym: a traitor who collaborates by serving in the invader’s puppet government

Quisqualis – a genus, so named (Latin: ‘what for’) because Linnaeus was unsure how to classify it

quisquilious – made of rubbish

quixotic – eponym: idealistic without regard to practicality

quiz [one sense] – chiefly British: to poke fun at; mock

quoin – a wedge-shaped block used to lock type in a chase

quondam – that once was; former

quotidian – 1. occurring/returning daily: a quotidian fever 2. of an everyday character; ordinary, commonplace, trivial (compare circadian; diurnal)

qwerty – pertaining to the standard keyboard-arrangement of an english-language keyboard

qanat underground tunnel for carrying irrigation water
qasida Arabic or Persian elegiac poem
qat leaves chewed or brewed in tea as a stimulant
qawwali fervent Muslim devotional music
qigong system of Chinese meditational exercises
qintar Albanian unit of currency
qiviut wool of the undercoat of a musk-ox
qoph a Hebrew letter
qua in the capacity of
quab something unfinished or immature; unfledged bird
quab to throb; to quiver
quackle to choke; to suffocate
quacksalver one who falsely pretends to knowledge of medicine
quad unit of energy equal to one quadrillion British thermal units
quadra square frame; plinth
quadrable capable of being expressed in a finite number of algebraic terms
quadragenarian a person between 40 and 49 years of age
quadragesimal of, like or pertaining to Lent; lasting forty days
quadragesimarian one who observes Lent
quadragintesimal forty-fold; having forty parts
quadral in four parts
quadraphonic produced by a sound system that employs four signal sources
quadrat small square block used as a space in printing
quadratary relating to a square
quadrate to make square; to make to agree
quadratrix a curve by which a circle may be squared
quadratura wall or ceiling painted with arches and columns in strong perspective
quadrel square block of brick
quadrennial lasting four years; occurring once every four years
quadrennium period of four years
quadrifid split into four
quadrifoliate having four leaves
quadriga two-wheeled carriage drawn by four horses
quadrigeminal in four similar or equal parts
quadrigenarious comprising four hundred
quadrille square dance for four couples; card game for four people
quadrilocular having four compartments
quadrimium four-year-old wine; best or oldest wine
quadringenarious containing four hundred of something
quadripole device having one pair of output terminals and one pair of input terminals
quadrireme ancient ship with four sets of oars
quadrivial leading in four directions; concerning a four-way junction
quadrivium four branches of mathematics in medieval education
quadrivoltine having four litters in a single year
quadrobulary fourfold
quadroon old term for a person of one-quarter black ancestry
quadrumanous of the primates other than man
quadrupedation stamping with four feet

Quaedam disparaging term for a woman

Quaedam Disparaging term for a woman

quaere to introduce a question or issue
quaeritur the question is asked
quaesitum something sought for; the true value
quaestionary religious pardoner
quaestor ancient magistrate; a medieval pardoner
quaestuary money-making; money-seeking; in business only for profit
quagga extinct African wild ass like the zebra
quagma hypothetical matter made up of quarks and gluons
quagswag to shake to and fro
quahog type of edible clam
quain angle; wedge-like corner
quale quality or property of something; abstract virtue or quality
qualificator one who prepares ecclesiastical cases for trial
qualimeter apparatus for measuring penetrating power of X-ray beams
qually of wine, cloudy or turbid
qualtagh first person encountered after leaving home on a special day
quamoclit tropical climbing plant with brilliant flowers
quango a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization
quangocracy rule of quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations
quannet flat file used like a plane
quant punting or jumping pole with a flat end
quantile any of a set of equal fractions of a given population
quantimeter apparatus for measuring quantity of X-rays
quantivalence chemical valence; ability of atoms to hold other atoms in combination
quantometer instrument for measuring proportions of elements in metallic samples
quantophrenia obsessive reliance on statistics and mathematical results
quantulate to calculate the magnitude of
quantulum small quantity
quantuplicity relative magnitude of a quantity
quaquadrate a sixteenth power
quaquaversal facing or bending all ways
quarender dark red apple
quaresimal Lenten; having the meagreness of Lenten meals
quarion candle
quark soft cheese made from skim milk
quarkonium meson formed of a quark and an anti-quark
quarl large curved brick or tile used to support melting pot
quarred soured; clotted
quarrelet small square
quarrenden variety of apple
quarrion Australian parrot like the cockatiel
quartan a fever recurring every third day
quartation mixing one part gold with three parts silver prior to purifying it
quarter unit of weight equal to 28 pounds
quarterdeck part of ship’s deck set aside by captain for ceremonial functions
quartering sailing nearly before the wind
quarterland ancient land division on the Isle of Man
quarterlight small triangular ventilation window in a car
quartern one quarter of various measures
quartic a curve or equation of the fourth degree
quartinvariant an invariant of the fourth degree
quartodeciman early Christian who celebrated Easter on Passover even if not a Sunday
quartziferous bearing quartz
quasi as if; seemingly; in a manner
Quasquicentennial one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary
Quassation act of shaking or being shaken
Quassia tropical tree whose bark is used to make a bitter medicinal product

Quat a pimple; an insignificant person

Quat an insignificant Woman


Quatch a word; a sound
quatenus in the capacity of; in so far as
quatern arranged in fours
quaternion any set of four things; quotient of two vectors expressed quadrinomially
quaternitarian one who believes that God consists of four parts
quaternity fourness; any group of four things
quatint engraving using nitric acid
quatorzain piece of verse having fourteen lines; a sonnet
quatrain stanza of four lines of verse
quatrayle great-great-great grandfather
quatrefoil four-petalled flower; design or ornament with four flowers or leaves
quatridual lasting for four days
quatsch nonsense
quattrocentism style of art of the fifteenth century in Italy
quattrocento the fifteenth century; Italian art and architecture of that period
quatuorvirate a body of four men
quaviver fish otherwise known as the sea-dragon or dragonet
quawk black-crowned night heron
queach a thicket

Quean lewd woman; hussy; woman of bad character

Quean lewd woman hussy woman of bad character

Queem protected from the wind
Queenite a queen’s partisan
Queenright of a colony of social insects, having a queen
quelch to squelch
quelea an African weaver-bird
quellio a Spanish ruff
quena vertical bamboo flute used in the Andes
quenelle poached meat dumpling
quenouille concerning the training of trees into cone-like shape
quercetum plantation of oak trees
quercine of, like or pertaining to oak trees
quercitron yellowish pigment derived from bark of a variety of oak
querencia part of a bullfighting arena where the bull makes his stand
querent one who asks a question
querical of the nature of queries

Querimonious full of complaints


Querimonious full of complaints

68 Still in the complaining stage

querimony complaint
querist inquirer
querken to stifle; to suffocate
querl to twist; to curl
quern stone mill worked by hand
querquedule pin-tail duck; a teal
quersprung in skiing, a jump-turn at right angles

Querulist – one who complains.

Querulous – (adj.) whiny, complaining (If deprived of his pacifier, young Brendan becomes querulous.)


Querulous whiny, complaining woman

Querulous complaining; peevish

quesited sought for; asked about
questmonger one whose occupation is to conduct inquests
quetsch dark-skinned oval plum; liqueur made from such plums
quetzal gold and green bird with long tail feathers
quevée in heraldry, having a tail
queyock heifer
quich to stir; to move
quicken mountain ash tree
quickhatch wolverine
quicklime calcium oxide
quickset formed of living plants arranged in place
quicksilver old name for mercury
quickstep fast march-like dance
quicksticks without delay
quicquidlibet whatever one pleases; anything whatsoever
quid a cut or wad or something chewable

Quidam a certain person; somebody

Quidam Some unknown insignificant Woman


Quiddany jelly or thick syrup made from sweetened quince juice
quidder animal that lets half-chewed food drop from its mouth
quidditative quirky; eccentric
quiddity unique essence; eccentricity

Quiddle a fastidious person

Quiddle a fastidious woman


Quidlibet minor or trifling point of an argument
quidnunc busybody; one keenly interested in gossip
quidsworth able to be bought for one pound
quietation the action of quieting a person or persons
quietism doctrine of enlightenment through mental tranquility
quietus discharge from life; extinction; death; silencing
quiety silence; tranquility

Quiff –  puff or gust of wind

spying on promiscuous quiff wife

quiff tuft of hair brushed away from the forehead; oiled lock of hair
quillaia South American tree whose bark is used to make soap
quillet subtle point in argument; a quibble
quilling strip or ribbon gathered into flutings
quillon arm of the cross-guard of a sword handle
quilombo remote settlement where fugitive slaves hide
quinarian advocate of the division of lifeforms into groups of five classes
quinary based on the number five
quincaillerie hardware store
quince orange-coloured, pear-shaped fruit
quinceañera celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday
quinch to wince
quincunx five things with four at corners and one in middle
quincurion leader of five men
quindecad set of fifteen things
quindecagon plane figure having fifteen sides
quindecasyllabic having fifteen syllables
quindene fourteenth day after a holy festival
quinella bet predicting first and second-place finishers, in either order
quingenarious relating to the number five hundred
quingentenary five-hundredth anniversary
quingentumvirate government by five hundred individuals
quinible high-pitched voice; a musical part pitched very high
quiniferous yielding quinine
quinimetry measurement of amount of quinine in bark
quinism pathological state resulting from excessive use of quinine
quink a grey goose
quinnat the king salmon
quinnet wedge
quinoa grain seeds of the goosefoot plant
quinology study of quinine
quinquadrate a thirty-second power of a number
quinquagenarian person between the ages of 40 and 49
quinquagesimal belonging to a set of fifty
quinquefarious arranged in five rows
quinquennium period of five years
quinquesect to divide into five parts
quinquiplicate to multiply by five
quinsell horse’s rein
quinsy old disease like tonsilitis
quintain post for tilting with turning cross-piece
quintal unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
quintant device like a sextant for making astronomical observations
quinternion set of five sheets of paper
quintessence the most essential part or embodiment of something

Quintessential – Representing the perfect example of a class or quality

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Quintessential is at


quintic of the fifth order or degree
quinticlave upright brass-wind instrument like a keyed bugle
quinton five-stringed tenor viol
quintroon old term for someone who is of 1/16 black descent
quinzaine piece of verse having fifteen lines
quinzhee snow shelter with domed chamber dug into it
quippery the act or art of making quips
quipu knotted cords used as Inca mnemonic device
quire unit of 24 sheets of paper
quirister a chorister
quiritary in accordance with Roman civil law
quiritation complaining; lamentation
quiritian a Roman citizen
quirly hand-rolled cigarette
quirt short-handled riding whip

Quisby an idler; suspicious or odd woman

Quisby an idler suspicious or odd woman

quisle to betray
quisling one who aids the enemy; a puppet leader supported by foreign power
quisquilious made of rubbish
quisquous perplexing; difficult to deal with
quitch a kind of wild grass
quitclaim deed relinquishing a claim, such as a mining title
quiteron superconducting device similar to a transistor
quitrent small nominal rent paid to commute feudal service
quittance release from a debt or obligation; a document expressing such a release
quitter pus; suppurating discharge
quixotic extravagantly and romantically chivalrous; idealistic
quixotism idealistic or quixotic principles or beliefs
quizzacious satirical
quoad with respect to; as regards
quob to throb; to quiver
quod prison
quoddamodotative existing in a certain manner
quoddity subtle quibble or point of argument
quodlibet philosophical argument of disputation; humorous medley
quodlibetificate to quibble with
quoiceneck grey iridescent shale
quoin a wedge; salient angle of a building; cornerstone
quoit heavy flat ring thrown over pin in a game like horseshoes
quokka short-tailed wallaby
quoll native cat-like marsupial of Australia
quomodocunquize to make money in any way possible
quondam former; sometime; formerly
quoniam female genitals
quop to writhe; to pulsate; to undulate
quorate having or being a quorum
quotannal annual
quotatious tending to quote; given to quoting
quotennial yearly
quotha expression of surprise or contempt
quotidian everyday; commonplace
quotiety number; numerical relationship
quotition a division regarded as a repeated subtraction
quotity proportion
quotum a number considered in its proportion to a larger number
quotuple what multiple

Quoz absurd person or thing

Quoz absurd woman

qursh currency of Saudi Arabia equal to 1/20 of a rial

quaint –

Quaint means strange and unusual in an old-fashioned and charming way. It’s a word you’d use to describe a little store that sells tea cozies and antique

tea services, or your grandmother’s habit of calling the radio the “wireless.”

There is a commonly used sarcastic sense of quaint––when something is run down or shabby and you’re trying to say something positive, you might substitute

“How…quaint” for “How…interesting.” In Middle English, this adjective meant clever or cunning. Its origin is Old French queinte, cointe, from Latin

cognitus “known,” from cognoscere “to learn.”

(n.) a difficult situation (We’d all like to avoid the kind of military quagmire characterized by the Vietnam War.)

quandary – How to define the word quandary? Wow, this is quite a dilemma. What to do, what to do? Hmmm. Looks like this moment itself is a quandary: a tough situation that will be really hard to resolve.

If you’re uncertain what to do because all of your options seem unpleasant, you’re probably in a quandary. Some voters find themselves in a quandary when they dislike all of the candidates. A more common quandary is when you plan two events at the same time and can’t decide which one to attend. Some synonyms are predicament, dilemma, plight, and pickle — and choosing which word to use is a quandary in itself.

quixotic – (adj.) idealistic, impractical (Edward entertained a quixotic desire to fall in love at first sight in a laundromat.)