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Weird Words Starting With 'Q'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'Q'

Are you ready to discover some wonky words that have rarely seen the light of day?

Given the fact that the English language now has more than a million words under its belt, it's not surprising that there are more than a few words that have gone missing due to lack of usage, or the fact that few folks even know they exist.

Today we are featuring a few harmless if not hilariously wacky words that begin with the letter 'Q'.

The best way to honor these lovely locutions is to drop them into casual conversation, to spice up a terse text message, or to slip them unobtrusively into a peripatetic piece of poetry.


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quantophrenia n. obsessive reliance on statistics and mathematical results

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Quantophrenia is the foundation of the insurance industry, who offer their policy holders peace of mind by calculating the odds of being abducted by aliens.


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quat n. a pimple; an insignificant person

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

In the world dingbats, dweebs, and diddly squat, quats and square pegs that don't fit in round holes will find themselves right at home.


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querimony n. a complaint

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

As a frequent flyer, Boothby Graffoe Burpalurpa wished to register a querimony -- To whom it may concern: Your dead kernels of corn are scrumptious, but what I'd really like to know is why your seats can't accommodate passengers possessing an alternative body image?


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quicquidlibet n. one who does whatever one pleases

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The handi-capable hussy of Herodsfoot was a quicquidlibet at heart who enjoyed her favorite pastime: tickling her testosterone-powered toy boys by pulling their strings.


quidditative adj. quirky; eccentric

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The Gignogs are a quiddative clan of Celts who have excelled in the art of farting underwater, smiling between their teeth, and cutting their tongues whilst licking envelopes.


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quisby n. an idler; a suspicious or odd individual

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Sharing a park bench with other peculiar people frequently reminds one that there is bound to be a quisby in every crowd, but who that may be is always in the eyes of the beholder.


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quisquilious adj. made of rubbish

Suggested Use In A Sentence

As far as quisquilious crafts go, Philpot Plunger, the heavy metal head-banger wound up stealing the "Oddball Prize" at the annual Punkeydoodle Corners Fall Fair last year.


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