When it comes to uncommon words, one set that fits that bill are words which end with the letter “q”. Chances are you can’t come up with more than a couple of words which end in q. The good news is there are likely more of these words than you imagined exist, but the reality is there aren’t a whole lot of them.
If you’re searching this question, there’s a good chance you are here because you’re searching for words for Scrabble or other word games. Since there are a number of words that end with a “q” but aren’t allowed in Scrabble, we’ll begin by listing those that cam be played in the game.
Words Ending in Q (Scrabble Allowed)
3 Letter Words
Suq: A variant of the word souk which is another name for a street market in Arab cities.
5 Letter Words
Qepiq: A monetary unit used in Azerbaijan: 100 Qepiq is equal to 1 manat.
Talaq: A divorce method found within Islamic law.
Tranq: An abbreviated form of the word tranquilizer.
Umiaq: A boat created by Inuits which is made by stretching animal skins.
7 Letter Words
Inupiaq: the language of the Inupiaq people.
Tsaddiq: A spiritual leader in the Hebrew language.
Tzaddiq: A spelling variation of the word Tsaddiq.
While the above are words that can be used in word games like Scrabble, they aren’t the only words that end in the letter “q”. There are a number of place names which end with this letter. Below is a list of places ending in “q”
Places Ending in Q
Abqaiq: A gated community with oil-processing facilities located in Saudi Arabia.
Bene Beraq: (also spelled Bnei Brak) The third-largest city in Israel.
Iraq: A country located in the Middle East
Kangiqsualjjuaq: An Inuit village located in Quebec, Canada.
Kuujjuaq: The largest northern Intuit village in Nunavik, Quebec, Canada.
Pontacq: A commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department located in south-western France.
Sadiq: A city located in India.
In addition to places, there are a number of abbreviations which end with “q” which may be seen in writing but aren’t allowed to be used in word games like Scrabble. A few of these words follow:
Abbreviations Ending in Q
CQ: The beginning radio transmission call letters when a message is intended for all receivers.
GHQ: An abbreviation for the words “general headquarters”.
GQ: An abbreviation for the magazine “Gentlemen’s Quarterly”.
.mq: The letters used for Martinique internet addresses.
Unq: An abbreviation for the word “unnilquadium”.
Accronyms Ending in Q
IDIQ: Indefinite Quantity
OMSQ: Organizational Maintenance Squadron
ONRQ: Off-Nominal Requirement
OOTQ: Out of the Question
ORDQ: Order Qualification
OTAQ: Office of Transportation and Air Quality
These are currently the words we’re aware of that end with the letter “q”. If you know of other words missing from this list, please leave a comment so we can add any that should be included. We’d like this to be the most comprehensive list and hope with your help to achieve that goal.
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