Words that Start with Q


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Words that Start with Q

This section will provide you with more information on the words that start with Q.

Interesting notes about the letter Q:

  • The letter Q is the seventeenth letter of the English alphabet; it is a consonant.
  • It has a hard sound \ k \ as in queen and is usually followed by the letter u.
  • The Phoenicians used a circle with a stick going through to the top, which they called goph, the monkey, and may have represented a knot. It made a guttural \k\ sound.
  • The Greeks used it for their number 90.
  • The Romans and Etruscans kept it for Q.

The following are a couple of examples of words starting with Q.

 

Animals that start with Q

  • Quail:  small gallinaceous game birds
    • We enjoy eating quail on special occasions.
  • Quokka: A cat-sized marsupial, Setonix brachyurus, of southwestern Australia.
    • Australia has some strange animals, such as the quokka.

Places that start with Q

  • Quarry: a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    • The quarry in town has limestone, which is used at the cement plant.
  • Quarter: a district of a city having some distinguishing character
    • The food at the French quarter of New Oeleans is delicious. 

Words that describe people

  • Quixotic: not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic
    • My poor uncle is quixotic, so his chivalry toward women tends to get him in trouble as they don’t always need help.
  • Qualified: meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task
    • Although he had just graduated, he was well qualified for the Supervisor position. 
  • Quick: moving quickly and lightly
    • He was quick to move away from the oncoming water balloons. 

Words that describe an idea

  • Quintessential: representing the perfect example of a class or quality
    • Our school has a quintessential philosophy: Put students first by focusing on their needs before the staff’s.
  • Questionable: subject to question
    • It was a questionable idea to make the plates out of cardboard.
  • Quirky:  (informal) strikingly unconventional
    • The quirky ideas for the new menu might be a hit or miss. 

Words that describe a place/event

  • Quaint: attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
    • My grandmother’s furniture is quaint and far more comfortable than modern furniture.
  • Quietly: with little or no sound
    • The orchestra played their background music quietly. 
  • Quartzous: Pertaining to quartz; made of quartz.
    • The quartzous palace seemed beautifully bright and dauntingly dangerous all at the same time. 

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