Adjectives That Start with Q

You may not often find yourself in need of any word that starts with “q,” much less an adjective that starts with "q." If you live outside of the world of competitive Scrabble, chances are even less likely. While there aren’t a ton of commonly used adjectives that start with “q,” there are more than you might have expected. Even the less common options are nice to have on hand, just in case.

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List of Adjectives That Start With Q

"Q" is a rather demanding letter of the alphabet, as it can rarely stand at the beginning of a word without its buddy "u." Perhaps that's why the adjectival lists are limited. Nevertheless, feel free to stash a few of these in your back pocket for the next time you'd like to add some eloquence to your quips.

Adjective

Definition

qabalistic

cryptic messages or symbols; something that has a hidden meaning

quack

medical practitioners who don’t know what they’re doing; unconventional medical treatments not likely to work

quadrangular

a building or structure with four sides

quadraphonic

a four-channel sound system with speakers placed in all four corners of a room or other area; precursor to modern surround sound

quadratic

a mathematical term that involves calculating the square of a variable

quadrilateral

a one-dimensional shape that has four sides, each of which is straight

quadruped

descriptive term for an animal with four feet

quadruple

an increase by four times; a fourfold in size, quantity or other measure

quadruplex

having four units, such as a building that is divided into four separate apartment units

quadruplicate

having four identical parts or copies

quaggy

descriptive term for land that is boggy or marshlike

quaint

unusual or old-fashioned in a pleasing way

qualified

having met conditions or requirements set

qualitative

subjective measure of quality (as opposed to quantity)

quality

excellent, outstanding, meeting a very high standard

quantifiable

able to be determined or measured

quantitative

an objective, countable measurement

quarantined

isolated from others

quarrelsome

inclined or ready to quarrel

quarterly

occurring every quarter of the year

quasi

closely resembling something without being the same

quaternary

being made up of four units; being part of a numeric system that has a base of four

queasy

affected with nausea; nauseated

queenlike

demeanor, adornment or treatment befitting a queen (royalty)

queen-size

size descriptor, such as for plus-size pantyhose or a bed that is a side down from king-size

queer

differing from what is usual or ordinary, odd, singular; slang term sometimes used to refer to homosexuals

quemeful

merciful, showing kindness to others

quenched

having satisfied one's thirst

quenchless

unable to be stopped or held back

querulous

inclined to find fault; full of complaint; peevish

questionable

likely to be inaccurate or of poor quality

questioning

doubtful or objecting

quickest

the fastest or most speedy

quick

rapid; swift

quicksilver

sudden movement or change that is unpredictable or rapid

quick-tempered

easy to anger

quick-witted

being able to respond quickly and effectively or accurately

quiescent

in a dormant or inactive state; still

quiet

still; calm; motionless; hushed

quilted

constructed like a quilt

quincentennial

being related to the 500th anniversary of an occurrence

quinquefolia

descriptive term for a plant or tree that has five leaves

quintessential

the most perfect embodiment of something

quintuple

something that is made up of five parts or units

quirky

having unusual traits or mannerisms

quixotic

foolishly idealistic; impractical or impracticable; visionary

quizzical

odd; perplexed; questioning

quondam

former; of another time

quotable

worth quoting or suitable for quotation

quotidian

occurring every day

25 Example Sentences With Q Adjectives

While you may not use a lot of these “q” words in everyday conversation, there are plenty of ways to work these terms into sentences.

  • The quack doctor my brother went to said exercise would not help him lose weight.
  • I am planning on building a quadrangular greenhouse behind the barn.
  • When I was a kid, my family was the first in the neighborhood to purchase a quadraphonic stereo.
  • We visited a quaint village in Italy where it seemed that nothing there had changed in a hundred years.
  • Sonia wasn't qualified for the promotion because she did not have at least two years of experience and a Master's degree
  • This chair is constructed with quality craftsmanship.
  • The depth of a mother's love for her child is not really quantifiable.
  • The quarantined family was grateful for friends who delivered food to their home.
  • Mark and Joe can both be rather quarrelsome.
  • Please submit your quarterly reports to the manager before noon.
  • Some people feel queasy after riding a roller coaster.
  • Did his response to my question seem to be a bit queer to you?
  • Boy, that lemonade really quenched my thirst.
  • I don’t want to invite her to the party because she is entirely too querulous.
  • Her questioning look revealed her doubt in me.
  • A quick walk around the building will cure a mid-afternoon slump.
  • You were so quiet when you came in last night.
  • I’m shopping for a new quilted jacket.
  • Calvin's dog is the quintessential "man's best friend."
  • Some might say that Genevieve is a bit weird, but I love her quirky charm.
  • The revolutionaries may have been quixotic, but they weren't dangerous.
  • My husband gave me a quizzical look when I told my mom we'd see her in a few weeks.
  • My quondam love for him shall remain in the past.
  • I find Charles Dickens to be infinitely quotable.
  • These quotidian tasks are becoming a burden.
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Expand Your Knowledge of Q Words

So you see, "q" adjectives are useful for more than just a winning Scrabble score. They can be used in a variety of situations to describe an infinite number of people, places, activities, and ideas. Once you have explored this selection of adjectives that start with the letter "q," discover more about this letter of the alphabet. Explore a list of nouns that start with “q” to learn even more words that begin with this letter.