191 Adjectives that Start with Q (Q Adjectives in English)

Below are lists of adjectives that start with Q in English with examples. You will only find a few that are not followed by the letter U. Adjectives are words that describe a noun or pronoun. They are added to the sentence to provide more information about the noun or pronoun, to clarify, or to describe in more detail.

Adjectives that Start with Q

Descriptive Adjectives that Start with Q

Below are 70 descriptive adjectives that start with Q.

Adjective Example
Qabalistic The rabbi gave a qabalistic interpretation of the scripture.
Quackish The internet is full of quackish remedies for various illnesses.
Quadrangular The ancient Greek temples often had quadrangular shapes.
Quadrantal The quadrantal hour is equivalent to 15 minutes.
Quadraphonic Quadraphonic recordings were popular in the 1970s.
Quadrate The city’s central square is quadrate in shape.
Quadratic The quadratic formula helps solve equations of the form ax²+bx+c=0.
Quadrilateral A square, a rectangle, and a diamond are all examples of quadrilaterals.
Quadruped Dogs, cats, and horses are all quadrupeds.
Quadrupled The company’s profits quadrupled in the last quarter.
Quadruplex The quadruplex DNA structure was discovered in 1953.
Quaggy The quaggy terrain made it difficult to walk.
Quaint The village had a quaint old church with a thatched roof.
Quakerish Her simple dress and quiet demeanor gave her a Quakerish appearance.
Quakerlike Her Quakerlike values included pacifism and social justice.
Quaky The quaky ground warned of an impending earthquake.
Qualifiable His statement was qualifiable with certain conditions.
Qualified She was qualified to teach English as a second language.
Qualitative The study focused on qualitative data, such as people’s opinions and experiences.
Qualitied He was qualitied for the job due to his extensive experience.
Quality The restaurant is known for its quality food and service.
Qualmish The thought of eating raw fish made her feel qualmish.
Quantal The quantal nature of light was discovered by Max Planck.
Quantitative The study used quantitative data, such as statistics and measurements.
Quantivalent Oxygen is quantivalent with sulfur.
Quarreling The neighbors were quarreling over the property line.
Quarrelsome The quarrelsome child was always picking fights with other kids.
Quarried The stone for the building was quarried from a nearby mountain.
Quarry The hunters tracked their quarry through the woods.
Quartering The pie was sliced into quartering portions.
Quarterly The company releases its quarterly earnings report.
Quartic The equation had a quartic term that needed to be solved.
Quartzy The geode was full of beautiful, quartzy crystals.
Quasi The artist created a quasi-realistic painting.
Queasy The boat ride made me queasy and dizzy.
Quebecois She learned to speak Quebecois French during her studies.
Queenly The actress portrayed the queen in a regal and queenly manner.
Queen-Size The couple slept on a comfortable queen-size bed.
Queer The movie had a very queer and unpredictable plot.
Quenchless His thirst for knowledge was quenchless and insatiable.
Querulous The child was in a querulous mood and kept whining.
Questionable The validity of his argument was questionable.
Questionary The survey was filled with questionary statements.
Questioning The professor gave a questioning look at the student’s answer.
Questionless The truth of his statement was questionless and irrefutable.
Quick The cheetah is the fastest land animal and can run very quick.
Quicksilver The quicksilver metal was highly reflective and shiny.
Quick-witted The quick-witted comedian always had a witty comeback.
Quiet The library was quiet and peaceful, perfect for studying.
Quietsome The quietsome music helped him relax and fall asleep.
Quilted The quilted blanket was warm and cozy on a cold night.
Quintessential The book is considered a quintessential example of American literature.
Quintillionth The probability of winning the lottery is a quintillionth of a chance.
Quintuple The company has experienced quintuple growth in the past year.
Quirky The artist had a quirky sense of humor that was reflected in his work.
Quite The sunset was quite beautiful and breathtaking.
Quits After a few rounds of poker, they were quits with each other.
Quittable His job was quittable, so he decided to pursue his dream of traveling.
Quixotic His quixotic plan to change the world was met with skepticism.
Quondam The quondam champion returned to the ring for one last fight.
Quotable The book was filled with many quotable passages and insightful ideas.
Quotidian His quotidian routine consisted of waking up, going to work, and sleeping.

Positive Adjectives that Start with Q

Below are 8 adjectives that start with Q that indicate something positive.

Adjective Example
Quaint The quaint little cottage was surrounded by a beautiful garden.
Qualified She was qualified for the job with her extensive experience in the field.
Quality He always wears high-quality clothes to look presentable.
Quick He made a quick decision and bought the car on the spot.
Quicker The express train is a quicker option to get to the city.
Quickest The quickest way to finish this project is to work on it together.
Quiet The library was a quiet place to study.
Quintessential The dish was the quintessential example of Italian cuisine.

Negative Adjectives that Start with Q

Related: Negative Adjectives

Below are 4 adjective words that start Q that indicate something negative.

Adjective Meaning
Quackish False or fraudulent, like a quack or charlatan
Quarrelsome Inclined to argue or fight frequently
Questionable Doubtful, uncertain or open to suspicion
Quibbling Petty or trivial arguments or objections over insignificant details

Personality Adjectives that Start with Q

Below are 8 adjectives that start with Q that describe a personality.

Adjective Definition
Querulous Complaining or whining in a peevish manner
Queenly Regal or majestic in manner or appearance
Quarrelsome Given to arguing or causing discord
Quiescent Inactive, dormant, or at rest
Quiet Making little or no noise, calm or peaceful
Quirky Unusual or eccentric in character
Quixotic Unrealistic or impractical in pursuit of ideals
Quizzical Displaying mild or amused puzzlement

Adjectives that Start with Q to Describe a Person (not Personality)

Below are 22 adjectives that start with Q that describe a person.

Adjective Definition
Qatari Relating to Qatar or its people
Quackish Resembling a quack; fraudulent or fake
Quaint Charmingly old-fashioned or picturesque
Qualified Having the necessary skills, knowledge, or experience
Qualitative Relating to the quality or characteristics of something
Quantifiable Able to be measured or expressed as a quantity
Quantitative Relating to the quantity of something
Quarantined Isolated or restricted in movement due to disease
Queasy Feeling nausea or unease
Queer Strange or odd; sometimes used to refer to LGBTQ+ individuals
Questionable Uncertain or doubtful
Quibbling Arguing or complaining about trivial matters
Quick Moving or functioning with great speed
Quicker Faster than something else
Quickest The fastest of all
Quick-tempered Easily provoked or angered
Quick-witted Mentally sharp and able to think and respond quickly
Quiet Making little or no noise
Quintessential Representing the most perfect or typical example of something
Quivering Trembling or shaking with slight movements
Quotable Worth quoting or citing

The Letter “Q”

In the English alphabet, some letters are used more than others. Not surprisingly, the letter E is most commonly used. When Samuel Morse was developing Morse Code, he counted the letters in sets of printer’s type. He found that JX, and Z were the most infrequently used letters. If you check modern dictionaries, you will find that JQ, and Z are the rarest. If you start looking into cryptology (which is the study or practice of using letters and words to hide information), you can add X to the list.

What makes the letter Q more difficult to use is that it is almost always followed by the letter UQU is what is known as a digraph: two letters that represent a single sound. In this case, the “kuh” or “kwh” sound you make when you speak most words that start with Q.

The letter Q comes from the Latin and Greek languages. As they evolved, the letter C was used for most of the words having a “cuh” sound. That left Q dependent on the U in most cases.

As with the evolution of the rest of our alphabet, the French, the Etruscans, and the Phoenicians also played a role in the path to what we currently know as the letter Q. In general, it is considered the second least common letter. As a result, you are not going to find that many adjectives that start with the letter Q. In fact, there are only about 1,352 English words that start with in total. We say “about” because language is fluid and there are constant subtle changes (as well as new words being created).

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Adjectives that Start with Q

List of 190+ Adjectives that Start with Q

Adjectives that Start with Qa, Qua

  • Qabalistic
  • Qatari
  • Quack
  • Quackish
  • Quacky
  • Quad
  • Quade
  • Quadrable
  • Quadragenarious
  • Quadragesimal
  • Quadrangular
  • Quadrantal
  • Quadraphonic
  • Quadrasonic
  • Quadrate
  • Quadratic
  • Quadratojugal
  • Quadrature
  • Quadrennial
  • Quadribasic
  • Quadrible
  • Quadric
  • Quadricapsular
  • Quadricornous
  • Quadricostate
  • Quadridentate
  • Quadriennial
  • Quadrifarious
  • Quadrifid
  • Quadrifoil
  • Quadrifoliate
  • Quadrifurcated
  • Quadrigeminal
  • Quadrigeminous
  • Quadrigenarious
  • Quadrijugate
  • Quadrijugous
  • Quadrilateral
  • Quadriliteral
  • Quadrille
  • Quadrillionth
  • Quadrilobate
  • Quadrilobed
  • Quadrilocular
  • Quadrinodal
  • Quadrinomical
  • Quadrinominal
  • Quadripartite
  • Quadripennate
  • Quadriphonic
  • Quadriphyllous
  • Quadrisonic
  • Quadrisulcate
  • Quadrivalent
  • Quadrivalve
  • Quadrivalvular
  • Quadrivial
  • Quadrumanous
  • Quadruped
  • Quadrupedal
  • Quadruple
  • Quadruplex
  • Quadruplicate
  • Quaggy
  • Quaint
  • Quakerish
  • Quakerlike
  • Quakerly
  • Quaky
  • Qualifiable
  • Qualified
  • Qualifier
  • Qualitative
  • Qualitied
  • Quality
  • Qualmish
  • Quantal
  • Quantifiable
  • Quantitative
  • Quantitive
  • Quantivalent
  • Quantized
  • Quaquaversal
  • Quarantined
  • Quarreling
  • Quarrellous
  • Quarrelsome
  • Quarried
  • Quarry
  • Quartan
  • Quartenylic
  • Quartered
  • Quarterfinal
  • Quarterhung
  • Quartering
  • Quarterly
  • Quartic
  • Quarto
  • Quartziferous
  • Quartzose
  • Quartzous
  • Quartzy
  • Quasi
  • Quatch
  • Quaternary
  • Quaternate
  • Quavering

Adjectives that Start with Que

  • Queachy
  • Queasy
  • Quebecois
  • Quechuan
  • Queenlike
  • Queenly
  • Queen-size
  • Queer
  • Queerer
  • Queerest
  • Queerish
  • Quelled
  • Quemeful
  • Quenchable
  • Quenched
  • Quenchless
  • Quercine
  • Quercitannic
  • Querier
  • Querulential
  • Querulous
  • Questionable
  • Questionary
  • Questioning
  • Questionless
  • Questuary

Adjectives that Start with Qui

  • Quibbling
  • Quick
  • Quick-acting
  • Quick-drying
  • Quicken
  • Quicklime
  • Quick-minded
  • Quick-paced
  • Quick-sighted
  • Quicksilvered
  • Quick-tempered
  • Quick-thinking
  • Quick-witted
  • Quiddative
  • Quidditative
  • Quiesce
  • Quiescent
  • Quiet
  • Quietistic
  • Quietus
  • Quilled
  • Quilted
  • Quiname
  • Quinary
  • Quinate
  • Quincentenary
  • Quincentennial
  • Quinic
  • Quininic
  • Quinovic
  • Quinquagesima
  • Quinquangular
  • Quinquarticular
  • Quinquefarious
  • Quinquefid
  • Quinqueliteral
  • Quinquelobared
  • Quinquelocular
  • Quinquenerved
  • Quinquennial
  • Quinquepartite
  • Quinquevalve
  • Quinquevalvular
  • Quinquivalent
  • Quintan
  • Quintessential
  • Quintic
  • Quintillionth
  • Quintuple
  • Quirinal
  • Quirked
  • Quirkish
  • Quirky
  • Quite
  • Quittable
  • Quixotic
  • Quizzical

Adjectives that Start with Quo

  • Quodlibetical
  • Quondam
  • Quotable
  • Quoted
  • Quote-driven
  • Quotidian

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