In the English language, adjectives are words that describe qualities, states, number, etc of nouns, such as enormous, doglike, silly, yellow, fun, many.
The letter Q is not the most frequently used and it may not be the first letter you would think of when writing poetry or playing a game, but there are definitely some great positive and negative adjectives that start with it. By using some descriptive words starting with Q, you may describe your noun clearly. Here is a list of adjectives that starts with Q, including a definition, synonyms, and example.
Positive Adjectives Starting with Q to Describe a Person
Definition: meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office, or position
Synonyms: able, capable, competent, and fitted
Example: She is highly qualified for this job.
Definition: characterized by peculiar, or unexpected traits, or aspects
Synonyms: eccentric, unconventional, unusual
Example: Her quirky sense of humor was apparent on the show, and she quickly became a fan favorite.
Definition: the act of making a sensible decision very quickly, especially in a dangerous, or difficult situation
Synonyms: intelligent, clever, quick-witted
Example: A major crash was avoided thanks to quick-thinking drivers.
Definition: fit for or appropriate to a queen
Synonyms: kingly, monarchical, having royal rank
Example: She was one of the Nereids, and distinguishable from the others only by her queenly attributes.
Definition: representing the most perfect, or typical example of a class
Synonyms: typical, classic, model
Example: He was the quintessential tough guy and self-contained.
Definition: quick in participation and understanding: mentally alert
Synonyms: intelligent, clever, keen, and quick
Example: He is lively and quick-witted despite his age.
Definition: suitable for, or worth quoting
Example: She remains highly quotable in my family.
Positive Adjectives Starting with Q to Describe an Event
Definition: in a state, or period of inactivity, or dormancy
Synonyms: passive, inoperative, inactive
Example: It has been quiescent since 1566, and is now completely extinct.
Definition: of, or occurring every day; daily
Synonyms: ordinary, average, unmemorable
Example: Taking the dog on a walk is a quotidian event for the old couple.
Definition: relating to, or using four channels for the transmission, or reproduction of sound, or recording
Synonyms: quadrangle, quadrant
Example: He created a new quadraphonic performance space for his acoustic voice.
Definition: being, or relating to a system of telegraphy by which two messages in each direction may be sent simultaneously over one wire
Synonyms: four-fold quadruple
Example: The first quadruplex system was invented by Edison in 1874, and in four years it saved more than half a million dollars.
Definition: done, produced or occurring once every quarter of a year
Synonyms: twice-yearly, bimonthly
Example: The quarterly council meeting is tonight.
Definition: relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality
Synonyms: ratable, numerical, and computable
Example: This seminar starts from a purely quantitative concept of lexical collocation.
Definition: that once was; former
Synonyms: former, sometimes
Example: He went back to Mrs. Howard and delivered an expurgated version of her quondam husband’s invitation to join the party.
Definition: shared by or involving four parties
Synonyms: quadrivial, quadruple
Example: The vault is of a plain quadripartite arrangement.
Positive Adjectives Starting with Q to Describe a Place
Definition: pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unusual
Synonyms: sweet, charming, attractive
Example: He lived more than two hundred years ago in a quaint little town in Italy.
Definition: making little or no noise
Synonyms: silent, hushed, noiseless, soundless
Example: The object was to keep the garden a quiet place.
Definition: a one-dimensional space that has four sides, each of which is straight.
Synonyms: rectangle, parallelogram
Example: Legnago is one of the famous quadrilateral fortresses.
Definition: denoting someone, or something that qualifies for something
Synonyms: certified, licensed, trained
Example: He had finished the qualifying round in fifth place.
Positive Adjectives Starting with Q to Describe Emotions, Personality, and Feelings
Definition: moving quickly and lightly
Synonyms: fast, swift, speedy, brisk
Example: His quick thinking saved her life.
Definition: merciful, showing kindness to others
Synonyms: kind, merciful
Example: She was very quemeful with others.
Definition: having the rank of resembling, or befitting a queen
Synonyms: princely, monarchal, or exercised by a queen
Example: The laying workers functioned in a queen-like manner, they were unable to suppress ovarian development as effectively as a queen.
Definition: showing an interest in learning new things
Synonyms: interrogate, cross-examine, asking
Example: His tone was genuinely questioning, and she felt grateful that he was giving her the choice to opt-out.
Negative Adjectives Starting with Q to Describe a Person
Definition: medical practitioners who do not know what they are doing; unconventional medical treatments not likely to work
Synonyms: swindler, fraud, mountebank
Example: The quack doctors who used to sell bogus or out-of-date medicines no longer come to the village.
Definition: given to or characterized by quarreling
Synonyms: argumentative, disputatious, contentious, captious
Example: He was quarrelsome and unruly.
Definition: inclined to find fault; full of complaint.
Synonyms: pettish, testy, and tetchy
Example: She became querulous and demanding.
Definition: easy to anger
Synonyms: irritable, fiery, short-tempered, touchy
Example: She is quick-tempered and prone to screeching when she is upset.
Definition: indicating mild or amused puzzlement
Synonyms: puzzled, perplexed, baffled, inquiring
Example: She gave me a quizzical look.
Definition: an awkward, complex, or hazardous situation
Synonyms: entanglement, morass, bog, marsh
Example: I stumbled into a quagmire of my own making.
Definition: extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
Synonyms: extravagant, starry-eyed, romantic, visionary
Example: He has always lived his life by a hopelessly quixotic code of honor.
Definition: of relating to, or producing qualms
Synonyms: anxious, groggy, uneasy, restless
Example: I felt myself growing pale and qualmish, but grieved in silence and said nothing.
Negative Adjectives Starting with Q to Describe an Event
Definition: nauseous; feeling sick
Synonyms: nauseous, sick, carsick, seasick
Example: Travelling by boat makes me queasy.
Definition: strange; odd
Synonyms: unusual, curious, odd, weird
Example: His behavior seemed queer at the party.
Definition: doubtful as regards truth or validity
Synonyms: controversial, contentious
Example: It is questionable whether any of these exceptions is genuine.
Negative Adjectives Starting with Q to Describe a Place
Definition: (of soil) soft and watery
Synonyms: spongy, squashy, pulpy
Example: This is a hospitable house, but the ground must be quaggy underneath, for every step the building quakes.
Negative Adjectives Starting with Q to Describe Emotions, Personality, and Feelings
Definition: (of a person’s voice) shaky or unsteady, typically through nervousness, or emotion
Synonyms: tremulous, wobbling, trembly
Example: Margaret’s voice was still quavery.
Definition: unable to be stifled or held back
Synonyms: insistent, crying, demanding, desiring
Example: The star was burning in his heart with quenchless ardors.
Definition: having a secret or hidden meaning
Synonyms: cryptic, sibylline esoteric
Example: Qabalistic magicians who think they are contributing towards this progression should think again.
Definition: complaining in a rather petulant or whining manner.
Synonyms: petulant, complaining, touchy
Example: He passed into the next room, and the deep, querulous sounds of his voice were at once heard from there.
Definition: (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear
Synonyms: tremble, shake, quiver
Example: He squinted up at me, then spoke in a high quavering voice.
Adjectives add information to nouns and pronouns in your sentences. They help readers get a full picture of the things described.
Descriptive words starting with “Q” are not so widely seen as others. We hope the list we summarize above is helpful to you.