What’s your favorite part of speech? Do you love to modify subjects and objects with adjectives? Maybe you love to take action with new verbs. But, what about nouns? Without nouns, we wouldn’t be able to formulate complete sentences.
We wouldn’t be able to describe our favorite quarry or analyze Johnny’s qualifications as a business partner. Read on to uncover many more quirky nouns that start with Q!
Fifty nouns starting with Q seems like a lot. But, don’t doubt! Below, we have a full list, along with a definition and a sampling of synonyms for each term.
a person who claims to have a specific skill that he does not have
charlatan, cheat, fraud
a large open area surrounded on four sides by buildings
quadrangle, courtyard, enclosure
a fourth or quarter portion of a shape
quad, quarter, segment
a bad situation
dilemma, impasse, predicament
a small, short-tailed game bird
a shaking or tremor
aftershock, jitter, quiver
an ability or aptitude
capability, competence, skill
a person or thing that fits the requirement for something
suitor, candidate, competitor
a distinctive characteristic or trait
attribute, element, essence
a nagging doubt
anxiety, apprehension, uneasiness
a delicate situation
bind, difficulty, predicament
an amount, measure, or number
sum, bulk, extent
a specified amount or portion
measure, quantity, sum
the place where someone or something is kept separate from others because of a contagious illness
confinement, restriction, isolation
argument, combat, dispute
a place where stones are extracted
chase, dig, mine
a unit of measure for 1/4 gallon of liquids
32 fluid ounces
one-fourth of something
fourth, quad, quadrant
an offensive back who calls the play and passes the ball in American football
QB, back, captain
one of the rounds of matches preceding the semifinals
tournament, matchup, game
any group of four persons or things
crystallized forms of silica
stone, amethyst, gem
a wharf built into the water to load or unload vessels
dock, jetty, slip
the state of being nauseous
nausea, sickness, disgust
a woman who rules a country or is married to a king
empress, monarch, sovereign
challenge, examination, inquiry
a search to find something
adventure, crusade, pursuit
the asking of something
inquiry, interrogation, inquest
a form or a document that contains a series of questions to be answered
survey, poll, canvas
a lineup waiting for something
line, order, succession
an objection or complaint
objection, complaint, evasion
a dish baked in a pastry shell with various ingredients
pie, pastry, tart
rapidity of movement
acumen, agility, briskness
a deep, semifluid deposit of sand where a heavy object may be engulfed
quagmire, snare, trap
a mixture of mercury and tin applied to the backs of mirrors
mercury, ore, metal
one British pound
pound, money, dollar
a fictional sport created by J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series
sport, game, competition
an absence of sound
hush, quiet, silence
a pen for writing made from the stiff feather of a bird
feather, pen, plume
a blanket made from layers of fabric
bedspread, comforter, duvet
a golden, hard, apple-shaped fruit from a small tree
a high-protein seed that can be ground into flour
seed, grain, cereal
a group of five things, particularly a group of five musicians
fivesome, band, troupe
a unique behavior or characteristic
aberration, eccentricity, idiosyncrasy
a person who gives up easily
chicken, coward, deserter
a shaking or vibration
flutter, jerk, shudder
a questioning or short test
exam, examination, test
the part of a goal assigned to someone
allotment, apportionment, proportion
words or phrases taken from someone else’s writing
citation, excerpt, passage
the result when you divide one number by another
division, outcome, computation
One of the primary functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “The quiz is easy,” “quiz” is a noun. Nouns also like to act as direct objects. In the sentence, “Sheila met her quota,” “quota” is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb “met.”
There’s a huge quotient of nouns out there. Here are five of the most common categories of nouns:
- Proper nouns name specific things, like the names of people, cities, states, countries, buildings, and books. As proper nouns, they are capitalized. So, “Queens, New York” is a proper noun, but “borough” is a common noun.
- Common nouns refer to general items, such as “quay” instead of “Lonsdale Quay.”
- Abstract nouns are used when you can’t touch the noun. These nouns are theoretical, such as “quiet” or “quest.”
- Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “quad” of students or a “quiver” of arrows.
- Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. With “Quincy’s bracelet,” “Quincy’s” is a possessive noun, indicating that he owns the bracelet.
To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.
Did you think the letter Q had so many viable nouns? Let’s take 10 of the 50 above and watch them hard at work in these sentences:
- I loved walking through the quad at my university in Ireland.
- Do you hear the call of the quail?
- Do you feel the quake from that tractor-trailer?
- What are his qualifications for this job?
- I’m in such a quandary, I don’t even know where to begin.
- He had such a silly little quibble with his roommate.
- I’m so glad my queasiness is over.
- I love the quietness of this place.
- She has a lot of funny quirks.
- Taylor’s studying for tomorrow’s science quiz.
Are you ready to expand your vocabulary with even more Q-words? Take your language skills to the next level by investigating words that start with the letter Q on WordFinder by YourDictionary. First, you’ll get a queue of words organized by the number of letters, then you can quickly query to create a custom word list using the on-screen search feature that’ll make easy work of your quest for words of a certain length or that end with or include other letters in addition to Q. What a fun solution for vocabulary building!
There’s no quandary with Q-nouns. They’re fabulous! Allow them to add memorable quirks to your writing in ample quantity. Best of all, see if you can pepper in a few Q-adjectives, too. You might surprise your readers! When you’re ready, check out these Adjectives That Start With Q. It’s a quick way to add a quizzical quality to your writing!