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

quirk

  1. a strange attitude or habit

    Synonyms : crotchet, oddity, queerness, quirkiness
    Type Of : strangeness, unfamiliarity
  2. a narrow groove beside a beading

    Type Of : channel, groove
  3. twist or curve abruptly

    Type Of : twist
    Examples :
    • She quirked her head in a peculiar way

querulous

  1. habitually complaining

    Synonyms : fretful, whiney, whiny

quarry

  1. animal hunted or caught for food

    Synonyms : prey
    Type Of : fauna, animal, beast, creature, brute, animate being
  2. a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

    Synonyms : fair game, prey, target
    Type Of : victim
  3. a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate

    Synonyms : pit, stone pit
    Type Of : excavation
    Examples :
    • a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'
  4. extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry

    Type Of : tap, exploit
    Examples :
    • quarry marble

quarantine

  1. enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease

    Type Of : isolation
  2. isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

    Type Of : closing off, isolation
  3. place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons

    Type Of : insulate, isolate
    Examples :
    • My dog was quarantined before he could live in England

quandary

  1. a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

    Synonyms : plight, predicament
    Type Of : difficulty
  2. state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

    Synonyms : dilemma
    Type Of : perplexity

quaint

  1. attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)

    Synonyms : old-time, olde worlde
    Examples :
    • houses with quaint thatched roofs
  2. strange in an interesting or pleasing way

    Examples :
    • quaint dialect words
    • quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities
  3. very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance

    Examples :
    • the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name
    • came forth a quaint and fearful sight
    • a quaint sense of humor

quagmire

  1. a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

    Synonyms : mire, morass, quag, slack
    Type Of : bog, peat bog

quaff

  1. to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught

    Synonyms : gulp, swig
    Type Of : imbibe, drink
  2. a hearty draft

    Type Of : draft, draught, potation, tipple