English dictionary


quack |kwæk| — an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice

quack-quack |ˈkwæk kwæk| — child's word for a duck

quackery |ˈkwækəri| — medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings

quad |kwɑːd| — one of four children born at the same time from the same pregnancy

Quadragesima |kwɑːdrəˈdʒesəmə| — the first Sunday in Lent

quadrangle |ˈkwɑːdræŋɡl| — a four-sided polygon

quadrangular |kwɑːˈdræŋɡjələr| — of or relating to or shaped like a quadrangle

quadrant |ˈkwɑːdrənt| — a quarter of the circumference of a circle

quadrate |ˈkwɑːdreɪt| — a cubelike object

quadratic |kwɑːˈdrætɪk| — an equation in which the highest power of an unknown quantity is a square

quadrature |ˈkwɑːdrətʃər| — the construction of a square having the same area as some other figure

quadriceps |ˈkwɑːdrɪseps| — a muscle of the thigh that extends the leg

quadrilateral |ˌkwɑːdrɪˈlætərəl| — a four-sided polygon

quadrille |kwəˈdrɪl| — music for dancing the quadrille

quadrillion |kwɑːˈdrɪljən| — the number that is represented as a one followed by 24 zeros

quadripartite |kwɑːdrəˈpɑːrtaɪt| — involving four parties

quadroon |kwɑːˈdruːn| — an offspring of a mulatto and a white parent; a person who is one-quarter black

quadruped |ˈkwɑːdruped| — an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walking

quadrupedal |kwɑːˈdruːpɪdl| — having four feet

quadruple |kwɑːˈdruːpl| — a set of four similar things considered as a unit

quadruplet |ˈkwɑːdrʊplət| — the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

quadruplicate |kwɒˈdruːplɪkeɪt| — any four copies; any of four things that correspond to one another exactly

quaestor |ˈkwestər| — any of several public officials of ancient Rome (usually in charge of finance and administration)

quaff |kwæf| — a hearty draft

quag |kwaɡ| — a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

quaggy |ˈkwæɡiː| — (of soil) soft and watery

quagmire |ˈkwæɡmaɪər| — a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

quail |kweɪl| — flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised

quaint |kweɪnt| — strange in an interesting or pleasing way

quaintness |ˈkweɪntnəs| — the quality of being quaint and old-fashioned

quake |kweɪk| — shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane or from volcanic activity

Quaker |ˈkweɪkər| — a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)

Quakerism |ˈkweɪkərɪzm| — the theological doctrine of the Society of Friends characterized by opposition to war and rejection of ritual and a formal creed and an ordained ministry

qualification |ˌkwɑːlɪfɪˈkeɪʃn| — an attribute that must be met or complied with and that fits a person for something

qualified |ˈkwɑːlɪfaɪd| — holding appropriate documentation and officially on record as qualified to perform a specified function or practice a specified skill

qualifier |ˈkwɑːlɪfaɪər| — a contestant who meets certain requirements and so qualifies to take part in the next stage of competition

qualify |ˈkwɑːlɪfaɪ| — prove capable or fit; meet requirements

qualifying |ˈkwɑːləˌfaɪɪŋ| — the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase

qualitative |ˈkwɑːləteɪtətɪv| — involving distinctions based on qualities

qualitatively |ˌkwɑːləˈteɪtɪvli| — in a qualitative manner

quality |ˈkwɑːləti| — an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

qualm |kwɑːm| — uneasiness about the fitness of an action

quandary |ˈkwɑːndəri| — a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

quantifiable |ˌkwɑːntəˈfaɪəbel| — capable of being quantified

quantification |ˌkwɑːntəfəˈkeɪʃən| — a limitation imposed on the variables of a proposition (as by the quantifiers `some' or `all' or `no')

quantify |ˈkwɑːntɪfaɪ| — use as a quantifier

quantitative |ˈkwɑːntəteɪtɪv| — expressible as a quantity or relating to or susceptible of measurement

quantitatively |ˌkwɑːntəˈteɪtəvli| — in a quantitative manner

quantity |ˈkwɑːntəti| — how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

quantum |ˈkwɑːntəm| — a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantities in quantum theory

quarantine |ˈkwɔːrəntiːn| — enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease

quark |kwɑːrk| — (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 |ˈkwɔːrəl| — an angry dispute

quarrelsome |ˈkwɔːrəlsəm| — given to quarreling

quarry |ˈkwɔːri| — a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

quart |kwɔːrt| — a United States liquid unit equal to 32 fluid ounces; four quarts equal one gallon

quartan |ˈkwɔːrtn| — a malarial fever that recurs every fourth day

quarter |ˈkwɔːrtər| — one of four equal parts

quarter-century  — a period of 25 years

quarterback |ˈkwɔːrtərbæk| — (football) the person who plays quarterback

quarterdeck |ˈkwɔːrtərdek| — the stern area of a ship's upper deck

quartering |ˈkwɔːrtərɪŋ| — a coat of arms that occupies one quarter of an escutcheon; combining four coats of arms on one shield usually represented intermarriages

quarterly |ˈkwɔːrtərli| — a periodical that is published every quarter (or four issues per year)

quartermaster |ˈkwɔːrtərmæstər| — an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops

quartern |kwɔːrtən| — one of four equal parts

quarters |ˈkwɔːrtərz| — housing available for people to live in

quartet |kwɔːrˈtet| — the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

quartette |kwɔːrˈtet| — four performers or singers who perform together

quartile |ˈkwɔːrtaɪl| — (statistics) any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores

quarto |ˈkwɔːrtoʊ| — the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper twice to form four leaves

quartz |kwɔːrts| — colorless glass made of almost pure silica

quartzose  — relating to or made of quartz

quasar |ˈkweɪzɑːr| — a starlike object that may send out radio waves and other forms of energy; many have large red shifts

quash |kwɔːʃ| — put down by force or intimidation

quasi |ˈkwɑːsi| — having some resemblance

quassia |ˈkwɑːʃiə| — 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

quaternary |ˈkwɑːtərˌneri| — last 2 million years

quaternion |kwəˈtɜːrniːən| — the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

quatrain |ˈkwɑːtreɪn| — a stanza of four lines

quattrocento |ˌkwætroʊˈtʃentoʊ| — the 15th century in Italian art and literature

quaver |ˈkweɪvər| — a tremulous sound

quavering |ˈkweɪvərɪŋ| — (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear

quay |kiː| — wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline

quayage |ˈkiːɪdʒ| — a fee charged for the use of a wharf or quay

queasily |ˈkwiːzɪli| — in a queasy manner

queasiness |ˈkwiːzinəs| — a mild state of nausea

queasy |ˈkwiːzi| — causing or able to cause nausea

queen |kwiːn| — the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs

queenlike  — having the rank of or resembling or befitting a queen

queenly |ˈkwiːnli| — having the rank of or resembling or befitting a queen

queer |kwɪr| — offensive term for a homosexual man

queerly |ˈkwɪəli| — in a strange manner

queerness |ˈkwɪənəs| — a strange attitude or habit

quell |kwel| — suppress or crush completely

quench |kwentʃ| — satisfy (thirst)

quenching |ˈkwentʃɪŋ| — the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning

quenchless |ˈkwentʃləs| — impossible to quench

quercitron |ˈkwɜːrˌsɪtrən| — a yellow dye made from the bark of the quercitron oak tree

quern |kwɜːrn| — a primitive stone mill for grinding corn by hand

querulous |ˈkwerələs| — habitually complaining

query |ˈkwɪri| — an instance of questioning

quest |kwest| — a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria

question |ˈkwestʃən| — an instance of questioning

questionable |ˈkwestʃənəbl| — able to be refuted

questionably |ˈkwestʃənəbli| — in a questionable and dubious manner

questioner |ˈkwestʃənər| — someone who asks a question

questioning |ˈkwestʃənɪŋ| — a request for information

questionnaire |ˌkwestʃəˈner| — a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information

quetzal |ˈketsɑːl| — the basic unit of money in Guatemala; equal to 100 centavos

queue |kjuː| — a line of people or vehicles waiting for something

quibble |ˈkwɪbl| — an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

quibbler |ˈkwɪblər| — a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections

quick |kwɪk| — any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain (as the flesh underneath the skin or a fingernail or toenail)

quick-change |kwɪk ˈtʃeɪndʒ| — adept at changing from one thing to another especially changing costumes

quick-freeze |kwiːk ˈfriːz| — freeze rapidly so as to preserve the natural juices and flavors

quick-sighted |kwɪk ˈsaɪtɪd| — having very keen vision

quick-witted |ˈˌkwik ˈˌwidid| — mentally nimble and resourceful

quicken |ˈkwɪkən| — move faster

quicker |ˈkwɪkər| — more quickly

quickest |ˈkwɪkəst| — most quickly

quickie |ˈkwɪki| — hurried repair

quicklime |ˈkwɪklaɪm| — a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide

quickly |ˈkwɪkli| — with speed

quickness |ˈkwɪknəs| — skillful performance or ability without difficulty

quicksand |ˈkwɪksænd| — a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroy

quickset |ˈkwikset| — cuttings of plants set in the ground to grow as hawthorn for hedges or vines

quicksilver |ˈkwɪksɪlvər| — a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures

quid |kwɪd| — the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence

quiddity |ˈkwɪdɪti| — an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

quidnunc |ˈkwɪdnʌŋk| — a person who meddles in the affairs of others

quiescence |kwaɪˈesns| — a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction

quiescency |kwaɪˈesnsɪ| — a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction

quiescent |kwiˈesnt| — not active or activated

quiet |ˈkwaɪət| — a period of calm weather

quieten |ˈkwaɪətn| — become quiet or quieter

quietism |ˈkwaɪətɪzəm| — a form of religious mysticism requiring withdrawal from all human effort and passive contemplation of God

quietly |ˈkwaɪətli| — with low volume

quietness |ˈkwaɪətnəs| — the property of making no sound

quietude |ˈkwaɪətuːd| — a state of peace and quiet

quietus |kwaɪˈiːtəs| — euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)

quiff |kwɪf| — a prominent forelock (especially one brushed upward from the forehead)

quill |kwɪl| — pen made from a bird's feather

quilt |kwɪlt| — bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together

quilted |ˈkwɪltəd| — made of layers of fabric held together by patterned stitching

quilting |ˈkwɪltɪŋ| — stitching through layers of fabric and a filling so as to create a design

quince |kwɪns| — small Asian tree with pinkish flowers and pear-shaped fruit; widely cultivated

quincentenary |ˌkwɪnsenˈteneri| — the 500th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

quinine |kwɪˈniːn| — a bitter alkaloid extracted from chinchona bark; used in malaria therapy

quinquennium |kwɪnˈkweniːəm| — a period of five years

quinsy |ˈkwɪnzi| — a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis

quint |kwɪnt| — the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

quintal |ˈkwin(t)l| — a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms

quintessence |kwɪnˈtesns| — the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies

quintessential |ˌkwɪntɪˈsenʃl| — representing the perfect example of a class or quality

quintet |kwɪnˈtet| — a musical composition for five performers

quintette |kwɪnˈtet| — five performers or singers who perform together

quintuple |ˈkwɪntjʊpl| — a set of five similar things considered as a unit

quintuplet |ˈkwɪntʊplət| — the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

quip |kwɪp| — a witty saying

quire |ˈkwaɪər| — a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets

quirk |kwɜːrk| — a strange attitude or habit

quirky |ˈkwɜːrki| — (informal) strikingly unconventional

quirt |kwərt| — whip with a leather thong at the end

quisling |ˈkwɪzlɪŋ| — someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force

quit |kwɪt| — put an end to a state or an activity

quitclaim |ˈkwɪtkleɪm| — document transferring title or right or claim to another

quite |kwaɪt| — to a degree (not used with a negative)

quits |kwɪts| — on equal terms by payment or requital

quittance |ˈkwitns| — a document or receipt certifying release from an obligation or debt

quitter |ˈkwɪtər| — a person who gives up too easily

quiver |ˈkwɪvər| — an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

quivering |ˈkwɪvərɪŋ| — a shaky motion

quixotic |kwɪkˈsɑːtɪk| — not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic

quixotism |ˈkwɪksəˌtɪzəm| — quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior

quiz |kwɪz| — an examination consisting of a few short questions

quizzical |ˈkwɪzɪkl| — playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)

quizzically |ˈkwɪzɪkəli| — in a quizzical and questioning manner

quoin |k(w)oin| — expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase

quoit |kɔɪt| — game equipment consisting of a ring of iron or circle of rope used in playing the game of quoits

quoits |kɔɪts| — a game in which iron rings (or open iron rings) are thrown at a stake in the ground in the hope of encircling it

quondam |ˈkwɑːndæm| — belonging to some prior time

quorum |ˈkwɔːrəm| — a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business

quota |ˈkwoʊtə| — a prescribed number

quotable |ˈkwoʊtəbl| — suitable for or worthy of quotation

quotation |kwoʊˈteɪʃn| — a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

quote |kwoʊt| — a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else

quotidian |kwoʊˈtɪdiən| — found in the ordinary course of events

quotient |ˈkwoʊʃnt| — the ratio of two quantities to be divided

Quran  — the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina