Nouns That Start With Q

What’s your favorite part of speech? Do you love to modify subjects and objects with adjectives? Maybe you love to take action with new verbs. But, what about nouns? Without nouns, we wouldn’t be able to formulate complete sentences.

We wouldn’t be able to describe our favorite quarry or analyze Johnny’s qualifications as a business partner. Read on to uncover many more quirky nouns that start with Q!

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50 Nouns Starting With Q

Fifty nouns starting with Q seems like a lot. But, don’t doubt! Below, we have a full list, along with a definition and a sampling of synonyms for each term.

Noun

Definition

Synonym

quack

a person who claims to have a specific skill that he does not have

charlatan, cheat, fraud

quad

a large open area surrounded on four sides by buildings

quadrangle, courtyard, enclosure

quadrant

a fourth or quarter portion of a shape

quad, quarter, segment

quagmire

a bad situation

dilemma, impasse, predicament

quail

a small, short-tailed game bird

bird, fowl

quake

a shaking or tremor

aftershock, jitter, quiver

qualification

an ability or aptitude

capability, competence, skill

qualifier

a person or thing that fits the requirement for something

suitor, candidate, competitor

quality

a distinctive characteristic or trait

attribute, element, essence

qualm

a nagging doubt

anxiety, apprehension, uneasiness

quandary

a delicate situation

bind, difficulty, predicament

quantity

an amount, measure, or number

sum, bulk, extent

quantum

a specified amount or portion

measure, quantity, sum

quarantine

the place where someone or something is kept separate from others because of a contagious illness

confinement, restriction, isolation

quarrel

a disagreement

argument, combat, dispute

quarry

a place where stones are extracted

chase, dig, mine

quart

a unit of measure for 1/4 gallon of liquids

32 fluid ounces

quarter

one-fourth of something

fourth, quad, quadrant

quarterback

an offensive back who calls the play and passes the ball in American football

QB, back, captain

quarterfinal

one of the rounds of matches preceding the semifinals

tournament, matchup, game

quartet

any group of four persons or things

foursome, ensemble

quartz

crystallized forms of silica

stone, amethyst, gem

quay

a wharf built into the water to load or unload vessels

dock, jetty, slip

queasiness

the state of being nauseous

nausea, sickness, disgust

queen

a woman who rules a country or is married to a king

empress, monarch, sovereign

query

a question

challenge, examination, inquiry

quest

a search to find something

adventure, crusade, pursuit

question

the asking of something

inquiry, interrogation, inquest

questionnaire

a form or a document that contains a series of questions to be answered

survey, poll, canvas

queue

a lineup waiting for something

line, order, succession

quibble

an objection or complaint

objection, complaint, evasion

quiche

a dish baked in a pastry shell with various ingredients

pie, pastry, tart

quickness

rapidity of movement

acumen, agility, briskness

quicksand

a deep, semifluid deposit of sand where a heavy object may be engulfed

quagmire, snare, trap

quicksilver

a mixture of mercury and tin applied to the backs of mirrors

mercury, ore, metal

quid

one British pound

pound, money, dollar

quidditch

a fictional sport created by J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series

sport, game, competition

quietness

an absence of sound

hush, quiet, silence

quill

a pen for writing made from the stiff feather of a bird

feather, pen, plume

quilt

a blanket made from layers of fabric

bedspread, comforter, duvet

quince

a golden, hard, apple-shaped fruit from a small tree

fruit, pome

quinoa

a high-protein seed that can be ground into flour

seed, grain, cereal

quintet

a group of five things, particularly a group of five musicians

fivesome, band, troupe

quirk

a unique behavior or characteristic

aberration, eccentricity, idiosyncrasy

quitter

a person who gives up easily

chicken, coward, deserter

quiver

a shaking or vibration

flutter, jerk, shudder

quiz

a questioning or short test

exam, examination, test

quota

the part of a goal assigned to someone

allotment, apportionment, proportion

quotation

words or phrases taken from someone else’s writing

citation, excerpt, passage

quotient

the result when you divide one number by another

division, outcome, computation

What Is a Noun?

A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. When we use them in our writing, we often need to place an article before them, as in “a queen” or “the quotation.”

One of the primary functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “The quiz is easy,” “quiz” is a noun. Nouns also like to act as direct objects. In the sentence, “Sheila met her quota,” “quota” is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb “met.”

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Types of Nouns

There’s a huge quotient of nouns out there. Here are five of the most common categories of nouns:

  • Proper nouns name specific things, like the names of people, cities, states, countries, buildings, and books. As proper nouns, they are capitalized. So, “Queens, New York” is a proper noun, but “borough” is a common noun.
  • Common nouns refer to general items, such as “quay” instead of “Lonsdale Quay.”
  • Abstract nouns are used when you can’t touch the noun. These nouns are theoretical, such as “quiet” or “quest.”
  • Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “quad” of students or a “quiver” of arrows.
  • Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. With “Quincy’s bracelet,” “Quincy’s” is a possessive noun, indicating that he owns the bracelet.

To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.

10 Example Sentences

Did you think the letter Q had so many viable nouns? Let’s take 10 of the 50 above and watch them hard at work in these sentences:

  1. I loved walking through the quad at my university in Ireland.
  2. Do you hear the call of the quail?
  3. Do you feel the quake from that tractor-trailer?
  4. What are his qualifications for this job?
  5. I’m in such a quandary, I don’t even know where to begin.
  6. He had such a silly little quibble with his roommate.
  7. I’m so glad my queasiness is over.
  8. I love the quietness of this place.
  9. She has a lot of funny quirks.
  10. Taylor’s studying for tomorrow’s science quiz.

Go on a Quest for Q-Words

Are you ready to expand your vocabulary with even more Q-words? Take your language skills to the next level by investigating words that start with the letter Q on WordFinder by YourDictionary. First, you’ll get a queue of words organized by the number of letters, then you can quickly query to create a custom word list using the on-screen search feature that’ll make easy work of your quest for words of a certain length or that end with or include other letters in addition to Q. What a fun solution for vocabulary building!

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No Quandary with Q-Nouns

There’s no quandary with Q-nouns. They’re fabulous! Allow them to add memorable quirks to your writing in ample quantity. Best of all, see if you can pepper in a few Q-adjectives, too. You might surprise your readers! When you’re ready, check out these Adjectives That Start With Q. It’s a quick way to add a quizzical quality to your writing!