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DVD Smith
1292415.  Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:13 am Reply with quote

Quiff the bladder - conceal one's baldness. Comes from 'quiff' meaning to dodge or trick.

Quaker's bargain - a binary ultimatum ('take it or leave it').

Quarry - 18th-19th century slang for female genitals.

Quarter-to-one feet - Said of someone who has a splayed foot (so their feet resemble quarter-to-one on a clock).

Quimwedging - Sexual intercourse.

All taken from A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.

 
Shruthi
1292436.  Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:15 am Reply with quote

Qiviut (an Eskimo word meaning underwool and pronounced KEE-vee-oot): referred to the wool of the musk-ox.

 
Shruthi
1292439.  Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:42 am Reply with quote

Shakespeare's words:
quail (n.) Old form(s): Quailes
courtesan, prostitute (also: the bird)

quail (v.) Old form(s): quaile
fail, slacken, flag

quail (v.) Old form(s): quaile
daunt, dishearten, intimidate

quail (v.) Old form(s): Quaile
overpower, destroy, make an end

https://www.shakespeareswords.com/Public/Glossary.aspx?letter=q

 
Spud McLaren
1292482.  Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:08 pm Reply with quote

DVD Smith wrote:
Quarter-to-one feet - Said of someone who has a splayed foot (so their feet resemble quarter-to-one on a clock).
My mother used to refer to certain persons as having quarter-to-three feet.
Also (of bow-legged, splay-footed ladies of a certain age) as having Queen Anne legs.

 
crissdee
1292504.  Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:06 am Reply with quote

Ten to two, "round our way".

 
FionaJ
1292751.  Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:06 pm Reply with quote

Qaaltagh/qualtagh/quaaltagh -
The first person one encounters, either after leaving one's home or (sometimes) outside one's home, especially on New Year's Day. It means 'first foot' and is used largely on the Isle of Man.
An alternative meaning is the first person to enter the house on New Year's Day.

Sources:
https://wikidiff.com/quaaltagh/qualtagh
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/quaaltagh
https://www.waywordradio.org/quaaltagh/

 
FionaJ
1293193.  Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:53 pm Reply with quote

Querquedule -
An old name for the garganey duck, a small dabbling duck which doesn't even seem as large as this word.

Quadragesimal -
Lasting 40 days, or a set of 40 things.

Quaquaversal -
Heading off in all directions, like an exploding firework.

Sources:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/64012/40-quirky-q-words-add-your-vocabulary

 
DVD Smith
1294973.  Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:15 am Reply with quote

Quasar – a person who has fame and notoriety thrust upon them without their consent/control.

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Efros
1294976.  Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:29 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
DVD Smith wrote:
Quarter-to-one feet - Said of someone who has a splayed foot (so their feet resemble quarter-to-one on a clock).
My mother used to refer to certain persons as having quarter-to-three feet.
Also (of bow-legged, splay-footed ladies of a certain age) as having Queen Anne legs.


Referred to as 'couldn't stop a pig in an alley' in the Sunderland area.

 
Spud McLaren
1295072.  Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:53 pm Reply with quote

That too.

 
GuyBarry
1295293.  Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:33 am Reply with quote

Quasihemidemisemiquaver - half a hemidemisemiquaver, or what the Americans would call a "128th-note". Unusual in that the prefix "quasi-" is here used to mean "half" rather than "almost" or "seemingly".

I've already proposed this word as a candidate for the longest word in English with more vowels than consonants - 12 vowels and 11 consonants. (See here - it depends on whether you admit "aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic" or not.)

 
sillyhacks
1295613.  Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:18 am Reply with quote

Quadrille has three (and only three) distinct meanings:
-A grid pattern
-A card game
-A square dance

But maybe four meanings if you count this one:
-Referring to the music of the square dance^

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/quadrille

 
Jenny
1295619.  Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:40 am Reply with quote

When I see the word quadrille, I always think of Lewis Carroll's Lobster Quadrille, and this chapter in Alice in Wonderland:

'You may not have lived much under the sea—' (I haven't,' said Alice)—'and perhaps you were never even introduced to a lobster- -' (Alice began to say 'I once tasted—' but checked herself hastily, and said 'No, never') '—so you can have no idea what a delightful thing a Lobster Quadrille is!'
'No, indeed,' said Alice. 'What sort of a dance is it?'
'Why,' said the Gryphon, 'you first form into a line along the sea-shore—'
'Two lines!' cried the Mock Turtle. 'Seals, turtles, salmon, and so on; then, when you've cleared all the jelly-fish out of the way—'
'That generally takes some time,' interrupted the Gryphon.

'—you advance twice—'
'Each with a lobster as a partner!' cried the Gryphon.
'Of course,' the Mock Turtle said: 'advance twice, set to partners—'
'—change lobsters, and retire in same order,' continued the Gryphon.
'Then, you know,' the Mock Turtle went on, 'you throw the—'
'The lobsters!' shouted the Gryphon, with a bound into the air.
'—as far out to sea as you can—'
'Swim after them!' screamed the Gryphon.
'Back to land again, and that's all the first figure,' said the Mock Turtle, suddenly dropping his voice; and the two creatures, who had been jumping about like mad things all this time, sat down again very sadly and quietly, and looked at Alice.
'It must be a very pretty dance,' said Alice timidly.
'Would you like to see a little of it?' said the Mock Turtle.
'Very much indeed,' said Alice.
'Come, let's try the first figure!' said the Mock Turtle to the Gryphon. 'We can do without lobsters, you know. Which shall sing?'
'Oh, you sing,' said the Gryphon. 'I've forgotten the words.'
So they began solemnly dancing round and round Alice, every now and then treading on her toes when they passed too close, and waving their forepaws to mark the time, while the Mock Turtle sang this, very slowly and sadly:—

'"Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail.
"There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my
tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle—will you come and join the
dance?

Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the
dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the
dance?

"You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!"
But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance—
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the
dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the
dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the
dance.

'"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France—
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the
dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the
dance?"'

 
DVD Smith
1296304.  Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:06 am Reply with quote

Quadrumanous - Term analogous with 'quadruped' that describes an animal that has four usable hands (with opposable digits). [1] Applies to all non-humanoid primates. Humans are known as bimanous (along with bipedal).

Quadrumanous scrambling - The technical term for the motion done by orangutans when they move from tree to tree. [2] [3] (This is different from the on-all-fours walk that gorillas do, which is known as knuckle-walking.)

Thanks to our lack of opposable toes, humans aren't technically quadrumanous like our ancestors. However, that hasn't stopped us - according to New Scientist 1 in 13 of us have unusually bendy feet adapted to climb trees.

 
Alexander Howard
1298584.  Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:48 am Reply with quote

'Query' is an error, a crass misspelling of a word. The word is actually 'quaere'; a term of legal Latin, pronounced the same way.

(Law Latin is not pronounced in the way classical purists insist that the Romans spoke their language, before classicists jump at that one.)

 

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