Words that start with Q

Lists of words starting with Q including those most commonly written / spoken, definitions, part of speech, and a very long list arranged by word length. Also includes countries that start with Q, household items that begin with Q, and more. Skip to the section you’re interested in by using the Table Of Contents, or scroll down to see more q words.

Common / frequently used:

Ordered by frequency (commonly written words):
question quite quality quickly quiet quick queen quantity quarter quietly

In alphabetic order (written):
quality quantity quarter queen question quick quickly quiet quietly quite

Top 20 most common spoken Q words by frequency:
quite question questions quit quarter queen quick quote quiet quickly quota quart quality quarterly quilt quarts qualities quotation quicker quickens

Glossary with part of speech and definition for the top 100 or so most frequently used Q words:

qadi noun an Islamic judge
qibla noun the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers
qoph noun the 19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
quack noun an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice
quackery noun medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings
quadrangular adjective of or relating to or shaped like a quadrangle
quadrant noun a quarter of the circumference of a circle
quadrate noun a cubelike object
quadratics noun a branch of algebra dealing with quadratic equations
quadrature noun the construction of a square having the same area as some other figure
quadrennium noun a period of four years
quadric noun a curve or surface whose equation (in Cartesian coordinates) is of the second degree
quadriceps noun a muscle of the thigh that extends the leg
quadrilateral noun a four-sided polygon
quadrille noun music for dancing the quadrille
quadrillion noun the number that is represented as a one followed by 24 zeros
quadripartite adjective involving four parties
quadriplegia noun paralysis of both arms and both legs
quadriplegic noun a person who is paralyzed in both arms and both legs
quadrivium noun (Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy
quadroon noun an offspring of a mulatto and a white parent; a person who is one-quarter black
quadruped noun an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walking
quadruplicate noun any four copies; any of four things that correspond to one another exactly
quaff noun a hearty draft
quagga noun mammal of South Africa that resembled a zebra; extinct since late 19th century
quail noun flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
quaint adjective strange in an interesting or pleasing way
quaintness noun the quality of being quaint and old-fashioned
qualification noun an attribute that must be met or complied with and that fits a person for something
qualifier noun a contestant who meets certain requirements and so qualifies to take part in the next stage of competition
qualify verb prove capable or fit; meet requirements
quality noun an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; –Shakespeare
quantic noun a homogeneous polynomial having at least two variables
quantifiability noun the quality of being measurable
quantifiable adjective capable of being quantified
quantifier noun (logic) a word (such as `some’ or `all’ or `no’) that binds the variables in a logical proposition
quantify verb use as a quantifier
quantize verb approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values
quantum noun a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantities in quantum theory
quarantine noun enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease
quark noun (physics) hypothetical truly fundamental particle in mesons and baryons; there are supposed to be six flavors of quarks (and their antiquarks), which come in pairs; each has an electric charge of +2/3 or -1/3
quarrel noun an angry dispute
quarrelsome adjective given to quarreling
quart noun a United States liquid unit equal to 32 fluid ounces; four quarts equal one gallon
quartan noun a malarial fever that recurs every fourth day
quarterback noun (football) the person who plays quarterback
quarterdeck noun the stern area of a ship’s upper deck
quartering noun a coat of arms that occupies one quarter of an escutcheon; combining four coats of arms on one shield usually represented intermarriages
quarterly noun a periodical that is published every quarter (or four issues per year)
quartermaster noun an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops
quarterstaff noun a long stout staff used as a weapon
quartile noun (statistics) any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores
quarto noun the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper twice to form four leaves
quartzite noun hard metamorphic rock consisting essentially of interlocking quartz crystals
quasar noun a starlike object that may send out radio waves and other forms of energy; many have large red shifts
quasi adjective having some resemblance
quassia noun a bitter compound used as an insecticide and tonic and vermifuge; extracted from the wood and bark of trees of the genera Quassia and Picrasma
quatrain noun a stanza of four lines
quattrocento noun the 15th century in Italian art and literature
quaver noun a tremulous sound
quay noun wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline
queen noun the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
queenly adjective having the rank of or resembling or befitting a queen
quellung noun the swelling of the capsule surrounding a microorganism after reaction with an antibody; the basis of certain tests for identifying microorganisms
quench verb satisfy (thirst)
quenchless adjective impossible to quench
quern noun a primitive stone mill for grinding corn by hand
question noun an instance of questioning
questionable adjective subject to question
questioning noun a request for information
questionnaire noun a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information
quetzal noun the basic unit of money in Guatemala; equal to 100 centavos
queue noun a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
quibble noun an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
quick noun any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain (as the flesh underneath the skin or a fingernail or toenail)
quickly adverb with rapid movements
quicksand noun a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroy
quickstep noun military march accompanying quick time
quiescent adjective not active or activated
quieten verb become quiet or quieter
quietism noun a form of religious mysticism requiring withdrawal from all human effort and passive contemplation of God
quiff noun a prominent forelock (especially one brushed upward from the forehead)
quill noun pen made from a bird’s feather
quilt noun bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
quilting noun stitching through layers of fabric and a filling so as to create a design
quinacrine noun a drug (trade name Atabrine) used to treat certain worm infestations and once used to treat malaria
quince noun small Asian tree with pinkish flowers and pear-shaped fruit; widely cultivated
quinidine noun cardiac drug (trade names Quinidex and Quinora) used to treat certain heart arrhythmias
quinine noun a bitter alkaloid extracted from chinchona bark; used in malaria therapy
quinone noun any of a class of aromatic yellow compounds including several that are biologically important as coenzymes or acceptors or vitamins; used in making dyes
quinquennium noun a period of five years
quinsy noun a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis
quintal noun a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
quintessence noun the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
quintet noun a musical composition for five performers
quintillion noun the number that is represented as a one followed by 18 zeros
quipu noun calculator consisting of a cord with attached cords; used by ancient Peruvians for calculating and keeping records
quire noun a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets
quirt noun whip with a leather thong at the end
quitclaim noun document transferring title or right or claim to another
quite adverb to a degree (not used with a negative)
quittance noun a document or receipt certifying release from an obligation or debt
quixotic adjective not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic
quiz noun an examination consisting of a few short questions
quodlibet noun an issue that is presented for formal disputation
quoin noun expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
quoit noun game equipment consisting of a ring of iron or circle of rope used in playing the game of quoits
quoits noun a game in which iron rings (or open iron rings) are thrown at a stake in the ground in the hope of encircling it
quorum noun a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
quota noun a prescribed number
quotient noun the ratio of two quantities to be divided

Questions and Answers:

Q: What is the longest Q word and how many letters does it have in it?
A: The word quadratomandibular is 18 letters long.

Q: What is the shortest word that starts with Q?
A: The word “qua” is 3 letters long.

Q: What countries start with the letter Q?
A: Qatar.

Q: What are some household items / things / objects that start with Q?
A: queen mattress, quilt

Q words by number of letters:

More complete list, by word length:

2 letter words beginning with q:

3 letter words beginning with q:


4 letter words beginning with q:

qadi qoph quad quag quan quay quid quip quit quiz quod quor

5 letter words beginning with q:

qadis qibla qophs quack quaff quail quake quaky qualm quant quark quart quash quasi quass quauk quean queen queer quell quern query quest queue quick quiet quiff quila quill quilt quint quipu quire quirk quirt quite quito quits quoad quoin quoit quota quote quoth

6 letter words beginning with q:

qigong qintar quacky quadle quagga quaggy quahog quaint qualmy quanta quarry quarta quarto quartz quasar quatre quaver queach queasy queeny quelch quench quesal quiche quilly quince quinin quinol quinsy quinte quinto quinze quirky quirts quisle quiver quoits quorum quotha

7 letter words beginning with q:

quadrat quadric quaered quailed qualify quality quamash quangos quantic quantum quarred quarrel quartan quarter quartet quartic quartus quassia quattie quayful queenly querier querist questor quetzal quibble quicked quicken quickie quickly quiddit quieted quieten quietly quietus quillai quiller quillet quillon quilted quinary quinate quinine quinone quintal quintan quintet quintic quintus quinzes quiring

quiscos quittor quodded quondam quoniam quonked quotums qwertys

8 letter words beginning with q:

quaalude quackery quackier quadrant quadrate quadriga quadroon quagmire quakeful qualmish quandary quantics quantify quantity quantize quarrels quarrier quartern quarters quartett quartile quatched quateron quatorze quatrain quayages queendom queenite queering quellung quenelle questers questful question queuings quiddany quiddity quidnunc quietage quietism quietude quiffing quilisma quillmen quilting quincunx quindene quinicin quinolas quinones quintain

quintile quipster quirkier quisling quitrent quittals quixotic quoilers quominus quotable quotient

9 letter words beginning with q:

quadratic quadrifid quadrille quadruped quadruple quadruply quaintish qualified qualifier quamoclit quandongs quartered quarterly quartette quartetti quartzite quartzoid quaysider queenhood queenlier queenweed quellable quercetin quercetum querulous quetenite quibbling quickened quickfoot quicklime quicksand quickstep quiddlers quiescent quietened quietener quietisms quiltings quinaldic quinidine quinoidin quinolins quinonoid quinquino quintuple quirkiest quitclaim quittance quiverish quixotism quizzical

quizzings quodlibet quondamly quotation quotidian

10 letter words beginning with q:

quackeries quackishly quadrangle quadrantes quadratics quadrature quadriceps quadrilles quadrireme quadrisect quadrivial quadrivium quadrumana quadrumans quadruplet quadruplex quagmiring quailberry quaintness quantasome quantifier quarantine quartation quarterage quartering quarterman quartersaw quaternary quaternion quaternity quatrefoil queencraft queenliest quenchless quenselite quicksands quinacrine quinquefid quinsywort quintuplet quizmaster quizzifies

11 letter words beginning with q:

quacksalver quadrangled quadrangles quadratures quadrennial quadrennium quadribasic quadricycle quadrillion quadrilobed quadripolar quadriremes quadrupedan quaestorial quarrelsome quarrenders quarterback quarterdeck quarterlies quartersawn quatrocento quebradilla queenfishes querulously questionary questioners questioning questorship quicksilver quickwitted quincuncial quindecagon quinquereme quintillion quislingism quotational

12 letter words beginning with q:

quadrangular quadraplegic quadrennials quadrifolium quadrinomial quadriplegia quadriplegic quadrivalent quadrumanous quadruplator quakeproofed qualmishness quantifiable quaquaversal quarterstaff quattrocento quenchlessly questionable questionless quicksilvers quindecemvir quinonimines quinquennial quinquennium quinquepedal quinqueremes quintessence quinuclidine

13 letter words beginning with q:

quadraphonies quadrennially quadricornous quadricostate quadrilateral quadriliteral quadripartite quadripennate quadriplegics quadriquadric quadrisulcate quadrivalency quadruplicate qualification qualificators quantivalence quarrellingly quartermaster quartziferous quatrocentism quatrocentist questionnaire quincentenary quindecennial quingentenary quinquelobate quinquenniums quinquevalent quintuplicate quotidianness

14 letter words beginning with q:

quadrangularly quadricellular quadrigeminate quaestionaries quaquaversally quattrocentist quinquecostate quinqueliteral quinquepartite quizzicalities

15 letter words beginning with q:

quantifiability quasistationary quincentennials quinquevalvular

16 letter words beginning with q:

quadricentennial quadritubercular quadrupedantical quasicrystalline questionlessness quintessentially

17 letter words beginning with q:

quadriarticulated questionabilities

18 letter words beginning with q:

quadratomandibular quantificationally questionablenesses

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