It is always good to discover new things. For wordsmiths, logophiles, and word game buffs, learning about rarely used words with Q and their definitions is like discovering an uncharted goldmine. Among the famous high profile word game buffs are US President Barack Obama (Scrabble), Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin (Words with Friends), and talk show host and celebrity chef Rachel Ray (Quordy).
For casual word game players, having a “Q” in their rack is a big pain in the neck. This is especially true if they do not have a letter U. The reason for this is that majority of the words with Q that has U are seldom used in the English language. In addition, many words beginning with Q are tongue-twisters. Thus, they are not used in casual conversations. In fact, the letter Q is considered to be the second least commonly used letter in the English alphabet. It is used less than 0.10% of the time in casual conversations. This makes words with Q particularly challenging to retain in one’s memory.
On the other hand, word game fanatics who have a good stock of words with Q up their sleeves would gladly have this letter. They know that, aside from having luck on their side, they can dominate and win a game by playing their Q words strategically. Below are words with Q that every word game player should know.
Do take note that some of the words below may not be found in Hasbro’s dictionary – the Merriam-Webster’s Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, 4th Edition. Those words are not considered valid in Scrabble but are acceptable in other word games.
Words with Q Without U
Not many know that there are more than a dozen words with Q without U. These include the following:
mbaqanga – a variety of music of rural Zulu (South Africa) origin.
qabab – a grilled dish of marinated or seasoned meat of pork, beef, or seafood; commonly spelled as kebab.
qanat – an irrigation system used in hot climates, especially in the Middle East.
qepiq – a monetary unit used in Azerbaijan.
qindar – a monetary unit used in Albania .
qorma – a dish curry variety; also spelled as korma.
qwerty – a term used for letter arrangements similar to that of a computer keyboard.
Two-Letter Q word
There is only one 2-letter Q word recognized in the English language.
qi – a life force of fire as believed by Chinese people.
Three-Letter Words with Q
qat – the buds and leaves of an evergreen shrub found in Africa and in the Middle East; alternative spelling of khat.
qin – a Chinese string musical instrument.
qis – plural form of qi.
qua – an adverb or preposition used to express ‘in the capacity of’ or “as”.
suq – a Muslim term for marketplace; a variant of souk.
Four-Letter Words with Q
aqua– a tasteless, transparent and odorless liquid (water).
qoph – the 19th letter in the Hebrew alphabet; a variant of koph.
quag – another word for quagmire; a marshy place.
quay – a place for landing; wharf; alternative spelling of quai.
quiz – a form of test to guage one’s knowledge in a particular area.
Five-Letter Words with Q
aquae – plural form of aqua; light blue-green color.
faqir – a religious Muslim who vows to live in poverty; fakir (alternate spelling).
maqui – an edible berry bearing shrub originating from Chile.
quads – plural form for quad which means muscles of the quadriceps.
queue – a line of people waiting for their turn or a tail of hair from the back of a person’s head.
talaq – a word that is uttered three times by a Muslim husband to repudiate his marriage to his wife.
tranq– alternate spelling of trank; a tranquilizing drug.
Six-Letter Words with Q
cazique – alternate spelling of cacique; Indian clan or Mexican tribe chieftain. In Scrabble history, this word was used in its plural form by Dr. Karl Khoshnaw in 1882 and it scored him a world-record score of 392 when he place it on two triple squares.
queazy – alternate spelling of queasy which means nauseating; earning a player of at least 27 points, this word is the highest-scoring six-letter word (provided there are no blanks, premium word squares, and parallels) in a turn.
quetzal – a monetary unit in Guatamela; this word earns a player 25 points – the second highest-score in a turn (provided there are no blanks, premium word squares, and parallels).