40 SAT words Beginning with "Q"

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  1. quack

    the sound made by a duck
    A family of ducks were slowly paddling about in front of me, making little furrows in the quiet water and giving an occasional placid
    quack.Arnim, Elizabeth von
  2. quadrilateral

    a four-sided polygon
    It is
    quadrilateral in shape, consisting of four unequal sides flanked by towers and built round a courtyard.Various
  3. quadruped

    an animal especially a mammal having four limbs
    In a moment they were on all fours, hopping about like so many
    quadrupeds.Patchin, Frank Gee
  4. quaff

    swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
    Gareth gave it to him, and
    quaffed deeply of the refreshing draught, for he was burning with thirst.Morris, Charles
  5. quagmire

    a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
    The heavy rain had reduced this low-lying ground to a veritable
    quagmire, making progress very difficult even for one as unburdened as he was.Putnam Weale, B. L. (Bertram Lenox)
  6. quaint

    attractively old-fashioned
    She lives in a
    quaint old-fashioned house with casement windows and deep window seats, old oak staircase and panelled rooms.Strang, Mrs. Herbert
  7. qualified

    meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task
    All schools need administrators who are highly
    qualified, dedicated to the profession and not hired due to political connections.Washington Post (Aug 22, 2011)
  8. qualify

    prove capable or fit; meet requirements
    The housing bust wiped away $7 trillion in household equity, leaving many homeowners with too much debt to
    qualify for new loans.Wall Street Journal (May 9, 2012)
  9. qualitative

    involving distinguishing attributes
    Qualitative research can help entrepreneurs to understand their customers' or clients' feelings, values, and perceptions of a particular product or service.
  10. qualm

    uneasiness about the fitness of an action
    Kenneth had no
    qualms about asking a neighboring table at the country club to stop cussing with his daughters in earshot.
  11. quandary

    a situation from which extrication is difficult
    Colleges and universities are in a
    quandary: Spending cuts, combined with a freeze on tuition, mean fewer teachers and the closing of certain programs.New York Times (Feb 20, 2012)
  12. quantitative

    expressible as an amount that can be measured
    Agencies have not traditionally hired for skills like “number crunching, data visualization,
    quantitative analysis,” Mr. Neumann said.New York Times (Oct 30, 2011)
  13. quantity

    how much there is or how many there are of something
    Producing big
    quantities in America has become harder, as the authorities have cracked down on bulk purchases of the ingredients.
  14. quantum

    the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property
    Physicists have used all manner of
    quantum objects to store qubits—electrons, atomic nuclei, photons and so on.Scientific American (Apr 11, 2012)
  15. quarantine

    isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease
    The exact time when it is safe for a person to come out of
    quarantine and resume ordinary life varies in different diseases.Cross, American Red
  16. quarrel

    an angry dispute
    The slightest
    quarrel, the most commonplace street brawl are pretexts for rival factions to come out in battle array.Bastide, Charles
  17. quarry

    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    But what about
    quarries from which are taken building stone, salt, kaolin or clay?Hoskin, Arthur J.
  18. quash

    put down by force or intimidation
    More than 500 people are thought to have been killed since mid-March as the security forces try to
    quash dissent.
  19. quay

    wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline
    The harbour accommodation is extensive and excellent, large new docks and
    quays having been recently built, and other works being under construction or contemplated.Various
  20. queasy

    feeling nausea
    The ground still shook under his feet, and his insides were producing the
    queasy symptoms of motion sickness.Goodwin, Harold L. (Harold Leland)
  21. quell

    suppress or crush completely
    Burned cars and tires littered a street as police used tear gas to
    quell demonstrators who threw rocks and small explosives, local TV footage showed.
  22. quench

    put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
    No fire was visible anywhere; every bit had been
    quenched by the flood which came in after Lutchi propped up the sky.Curtin, Jeremiah
  23. querulous

    habitually complaining
    In the first place, she is not rich; I could tell that by the
    querulous complaints of her middle‑class mother.Du Maurier, George
  24. query

    pose a question
    "How can such things be?"
    queried Reuben, stroking his beard in perplexity.Johnston, Annie F. (Annie Fellows)
  25. quest

    the act of searching for something
    In the never-ending
    quest to cut costs and increase money paid out of pocket by customers, airline perks have been disappearing for years.
  26. queue

    form a line or stand in line
    Voters
    queued up in orderly lines in Taipei and other cities islandwide after polls opened at 8 a.m.
  27. quibble

    argue over petty things
    Philosophy, Sports People often dismiss philosophical disputes as mere
    quibbles about words.  New York Times (Mar 16, 2012)
  28. quiescent

    being quiet or still or inactive
    Under normal conditions, only a fraction of these blood-forming stem cells are active; the rest are deeply
    quiescent – asleep.
  29. quietude

    a state of peace and quiet
    She took the vacant seat with a sort of frozen
    quietude, and her limbs seemed to settle themselves rigidly into positions where they remained immovable.Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt
  30. quintessence

    the most typical example or representative of a type
    This composition, in many ways the most wonderful single piece we have from Chopin, is the
    quintessence of his genius.Spalding, Walter Raymond
  31. quip

    witty remark
    When Turkle said she had been at funerals where people checked their iPhones, Colbert
    quipped: "We all say goodbye in our own way."
  32. quirk

    a strange attitude or habit
    There are a few annoying
    quirks: For example, the PlayBook took a long time when scrolling through long documents or Web pages.Seattle Times (Apr 16, 2011)
  33. quirky

    strikingly unconventional
    Quirky experiences abound: A vintage clothing store in a double-decker bus!
  34. quisling

    someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
    Naturally enough, the attitude taken up by the Christians earned them fresh attacks from the
    Quisling followers.Snoek, Johan Martinus
  35. quiver

    shake with fast, tremulous movements
    His last words had scarcely rung out when my horse began to
    quiver under me and sway backward and forward.Weyman, Stanley John
  36. quixotic

    not sensible about practical matters
    Granted, Latin American integration is an elusive if not
    quixotic goal: the region stretches farther than Africa, and its nations' interests are just as balkanized.
  37. quizzical

    playfully vexing, especially by ridicule
    Not too long ago, wearing Chicago Blackhawks gear would earn you
    quizzical looks or jokes about being the last of the team's fans.Seattle Times (Jun 1, 2010)
  38. quorum

    a gathering of the minimal number of members of a group
    Without a
    quorum of four, the commission was unable to do even basic things such as approving public funding for presidential candidates.Slate (Jan 25, 2011)
  39. quotation

    a passage or expression that is cited
    “Better fifty years of Europe Than a cycle of Cathay,” murmured Dick, yielding once more to his chronic habit of
    quotation.Duffield, J. W.
  40. quotidian

    found in the ordinary course of events
    More seriously, plenty of
    quotidian consumer staples, such as children's clothes, come from China.
Created on May 10, 2012
(updated August 11, 2014)