quail

  1. draw back, as with fear or pain

    Synonyms : cringe, flinch, funk, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince
    Type Of : move
  2. flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised

    Type Of : wildfowl
  3. small gallinaceous game birds

    Type Of : phasianid

quip

  1. make jokes or quips

    Synonyms : gag
    Type Of : jest, joke
  2. witty remark

    Synonyms : crack, sally, wisecrack
    Type Of : remark, input, comment
  3. a witty saying

    Synonyms : epigram
    Type Of : saying, locution, expression

quack

  1. act as a medical quack or a charlatan

    Type Of : do, act, behave
  2. an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice

    Type Of : medico, mountebank, physician, charlatan, doc, doctor, dr., md
  3. medically unqualified

    Examples :
    • a quack doctor
  4. the harsh sound of a duck

    Type Of : sound
  5. utter quacking noises

    Type Of : emit, let loose, let out, utter
    Examples :
    • The ducks quacked

quotidian

  1. found in the ordinary course of events

    Synonyms : everyday, mundane, routine, unremarkable, workaday
    Examples :
    • there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute

quisling

  1. someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force

    Synonyms : collaborationist, collaborator
    Type Of : traitor, treasonist

qualm

  1. a mild state of nausea

    Synonyms : queasiness, squeamishness
    Type Of : nausea, sickness
  2. uneasiness about the fitness of an action

    Synonyms : misgiving, scruple
    Type Of : anxiety

quell

  1. suppress or crush completely

    Synonyms : quench, squelch
    Type Of : conquer, stamp down, subdue, suppress
  2. overcome or allay

    Synonyms : appease, stay
    Type Of : conform to, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy, fill, fit
    Examples :
    • quell my hunger

quixotic

  1. not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic

    Synonyms : romantic, wild-eyed
    Examples :
    • as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood

quibble

  1. argue over petty things

    Synonyms : bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, squabble
    Type Of : argue, contend, debate, fence
    Examples :
    • Let's not quibble over pennies
  2. an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

    Synonyms : cavil, quiddity
    Type Of : evasion, equivocation
  3. evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections

    Type Of : fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt, circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade

quintessential

  1. representing the perfect example of a class or quality