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Staff Q of the English Wordbook.

Basic abbreviations:

  • OE = Old English
  • ME = Middle English
  • PG = Or-theedish
  • SW = Swedish
  • Dan. = Danish
  • ON = Old Norse
  • NHG = New Hightheech
  • IC = Icelandish
  • H.IC = High Icelandish
  • Du. = Netherlandish
  • Fris. = Freesish

For a full list of etymological and other abbreviations used in these wordlists, see: Offshortenings.


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Chancery English Class Anglish/English
Attested Unattested
quadrilateral n - fourhook (cf. Du. vierhoek)

fithershite

quadrupedal adj four-footed -
quadruple vb/adj fourfold -
quadruplet n - fourfoldling
qualification n if orskill
qualify vb fit, ready -
quality n/adj

n: standing; hallmark, kind

adj: worthy, blue-chip, four-star, gilt-edged, groovy, keen, lovely, sterling, tip-top, topping, wonderful

slang: cool, out-of-sight

suchness (<OE swilcness), ownship (cf. Du. eigenschap, NHG Eigenschaft, Sw. egenskap)

special: sunderkind (<OE sundorgecynd)

quantity n boatload, bunch, bundle, deal, handful, heap, hundred, lashings, loads, sheaf, shipload, stack, wealth

yelm

mickleness, muchness (<OE micelnes)

quarry n stonepit, stone-bed delvern
quarter n fourth, farthing fourdeal (cf. NHG Viertel)
quartz n - hardstone (calque)
quasi- pref

almost, nearly, nigh-

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quay n wharf -
quest n fare, hunt -
question n asking, bidding ask-thing; frain (<ME<OE fræġn, cf. NHG. fragen, Du. vragen), befraining
question vb ask, bid frain, befrain (<OE befrinan)
questionable adj dodgy, iffy, shady, shaky frainful, frainworthy
cwalmy, cwalmworthy, askworthy, bidworthy
queue n row, line -
qui pro quo phr misunderstanding -
quid pro quo phr back-and-forth, trade-off -
quiet adj hushed, still; low-key; hidden, sheltered, roolie swey (<OE swige)
quieten vb lull, settle, soothe, still; hush beroo (cf. NHG beruhigen), swey
quietness n stillness, roo -
quince (fruit) n - codapple (<OE coddæppel)
quintessential adj - swotelsome (OE sweotol)
quit vb step down; give up, knock off; forsake, allay, end -
quite adv altogether, wholly; kind of, more or less, much, fully, even, evenly, fairly -
quote vb show twinspeak
quotidian adj daily -