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QALY – “quality-adjusted life year”, a measure by health economists for efficacy of a drug: years of life provided, adjusted for quality of life (1.0  = perfect health). If a drug costing $1,000 extends a person’s life in prefect health for one year and then the person dies, the drug costs $1,000 per QALY.

Q-boat; Q-ship – an armed ship disguised as a merchant or fishing ship to decoy enemy submarines into gun range

qepiq – Azerbaijani currency: 100 qepiq = 1 manat

qiana; Qiana – a silklike nylon fabric, introduced by DuPont in 1968

qintar – Albanian currency – 100 qindarka = 1 lek

qiviut – the soft wool lying beneath the long coat of the muskox [Inuit, pl. of qiviuq = down, underhair]

qoph – the 19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The equivalent letter in the Arabic alphabet is called qaf.

quadroon – offspring of a mulatto and a white [one-quarter black]. see mulatto

quagmire – land with a soft muddy surface; also a difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.

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quahog – an Atlantic Coast hard-shell clam; quahog clam clan includes popular littlenecks and cherrystones

qualtagh – (from Manx, the Gaelic language of the Isle of Man)
1. the first person to step into your home (or the first person you meet) on New Year’s Day
2. [capitalized] a Christmas or New Year’s custom of going caroling door to door, singing for food or gifts

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quanked – overpowered by fatigue [obsolete; from The Word Museum by J. Kacirk]

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quantitate – to measure or estimate the quantity of

quaquaversal – (mainly Geol.) turning or dipping in any or all directions

quarterback – from US football: to lead or direct the operations of

quasihemisemidemiquaver – see quaver

Quasimodo – eponym; surfing: a maneuver in which the surfer rides hunched at the front of the board with head down, one arm forward and one arm

quassia – [eponym] a medicine against intestinal worms

quaver (music) – the ♪, also called an eighth-note in the US
demiquaver – half a quaver; a 16th note
semidemiquaver – half a demiquaver; a 32nd note
hemisemidemiquaver – half a semidemiquaver; a 64th note
quasihemisemidemiquaver – half a hemisemidemiquaver; a 128th note

Queen Anne’s lace – a common wildflower with a large, lacy white head (8th picture here). Akin to the carrot; can be used as a garden flower.

Queer Street – a condition of financial instability or embarrassment

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Queme – to slip in, to put in privately [the term has other meanings, not mentioned here.]

quercitron – the black oak (also called quercitron oak); its bright orange inner bark; a yellow dye obtained from that inner bark

queue – a line of people or vehicles waiting for something

Qui vive (noun) – alert; lookout; used in the phrase on the qui vive

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quicksilver – rapidly shifting and changeable esp. with the sense of elusive, hard-to-catch

quicunque vult [bizarre etymology] – see Athanasian wench

quid – one pound sterling, in British money. (plural is ‘quid’, not ‘quids’)

Quiddity – a hairsplitting distinction; a quibble

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Quiddity unique essence; eccentricity

quiff – a woman regarded as promiscuous (among other meanings)

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Quiff – tuft of hair brushed away from the forehead; oiled lock of hair


Quiff –  puff or gust of wind

quim – see swive

quinella – a bet where the bettor must name the top two finishers

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quipu – an ancient Inca record-keeping device: colored strings knotted so as to encode information

quirt – a short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – Who will guard the guards themselves? (“Who will keep the authorities on the straight and narrow?”)

quisling – eponym: a traitor who collaborates by serving in the invader’s puppet government

Quisqualis – a genus, so named (Latin: ‘what for’) because Linnaeus was unsure how to classify it

quisquilious – made of rubbish

quixotic – eponym: idealistic without regard to practicality

quiz [one sense] – chiefly British: to poke fun at; mock

quoin – a wedge-shaped block used to lock type in a chase

quondam – that once was; former

quotidian – 1. occurring/returning daily: a quotidian fever 2. of an everyday character; ordinary, commonplace, trivial (compare circadian; diurnal)

qwerty – pertaining to the standard keyboard-arrangement of an english-language keyboard

qanat underground tunnel for carrying irrigation water
qasida Arabic or Persian elegiac poem
qat leaves chewed or brewed in tea as a stimulant
qawwali fervent Muslim devotional music
qigong system of Chinese meditational exercises
qintar Albanian unit of currency
qiviut wool of the undercoat of a musk-ox
qoph a Hebrew letter
qua in the capacity of
quab something unfinished or immature; unfledged bird
quab to throb; to quiver
quackle to choke; to suffocate
quacksalver one who falsely pretends to knowledge of medicine
quad unit of energy equal to one quadrillion British thermal units
quadra square frame; plinth
quadrable capable of being expressed in a finite number of algebraic terms
quadragenarian a person between 40 and 49 years of age
quadragesimal of, like or pertaining to Lent; lasting forty days
quadragesimarian one who observes Lent
quadragintesimal forty-fold; having forty parts
quadral in four parts
quadraphonic produced by a sound system that employs four signal sources
quadrat small square block used as a space in printing
quadratary relating to a square
quadrate to make square; to make to agree
quadratrix a curve by which a circle may be squared
quadratura wall or ceiling painted with arches and columns in strong perspective
quadrel square block of brick
quadrennial lasting four years; occurring once every four years
quadrennium period of four years
quadrifid split into four
quadrifoliate having four leaves
quadriga two-wheeled carriage drawn by four horses
quadrigeminal in four similar or equal parts
quadrigenarious comprising four hundred
quadrille square dance for four couples; card game for four people
quadrilocular having four compartments
quadrimium four-year-old wine; best or oldest wine
quadringenarious containing four hundred of something
quadripole device having one pair of output terminals and one pair of input terminals
quadrireme ancient ship with four sets of oars
quadrivial leading in four directions; concerning a four-way junction
quadrivium four branches of mathematics in medieval education
quadrivoltine having four litters in a single year
quadrobulary fourfold
quadroon old term for a person of one-quarter black ancestry
quadrumanous of the primates other than man
quadrupedation stamping with four feet

Quaedam disparaging term for a woman

Quaedam Disparaging term for a woman

quaere to introduce a question or issue
quaeritur the question is asked
quaesitum something sought for; the true value
quaestionary religious pardoner
quaestor ancient magistrate; a medieval pardoner
quaestuary money-making; money-seeking; in business only for profit
quagga extinct African wild ass like the zebra
quagma hypothetical matter made up of quarks and gluons
quagswag to shake to and fro
quahog type of edible clam
quain angle; wedge-like corner
quale quality or property of something; abstract virtue or quality
qualificator one who prepares ecclesiastical cases for trial
qualimeter apparatus for measuring penetrating power of X-ray beams
qually of wine, cloudy or turbid
qualtagh first person encountered after leaving home on a special day
quamoclit tropical climbing plant with brilliant flowers
quango a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization
quangocracy rule of quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations
quannet flat file used like a plane
quant punting or jumping pole with a flat end
quantile any of a set of equal fractions of a given population
quantimeter apparatus for measuring quantity of X-rays
quantivalence chemical valence; ability of atoms to hold other atoms in combination
quantometer instrument for measuring proportions of elements in metallic samples
quantophrenia obsessive reliance on statistics and mathematical results
quantulate to calculate the magnitude of
quantulum small quantity
quantuplicity relative magnitude of a quantity
quaquadrate a sixteenth power
quaquaversal facing or bending all ways
quarender dark red apple
quaresimal Lenten; having the meagreness of Lenten meals
quarion candle
quark soft cheese made from skim milk
quarkonium meson formed of a quark and an anti-quark
quarl large curved brick or tile used to support melting pot
quarred soured; clotted
quarrelet small square
quarrenden variety of apple
quarrion Australian parrot like the cockatiel
quartan a fever recurring every third day
quartation mixing one part gold with three parts silver prior to purifying it
quarter unit of weight equal to 28 pounds
quarterdeck part of ship’s deck set aside by captain for ceremonial functions
quartering sailing nearly before the wind
quarterland ancient land division on the Isle of Man
quarterlight small triangular ventilation window in a car
quartern one quarter of various measures
quartic a curve or equation of the fourth degree
quartinvariant an invariant of the fourth degree
quartodeciman early Christian who celebrated Easter on Passover even if not a Sunday
quartziferous bearing quartz
quasi as if; seemingly; in a manner
Quasquicentennial one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary
Quassation act of shaking or being shaken
Quassia tropical tree whose bark is used to make a bitter medicinal product

Quat a pimple; an insignificant person