Q Without U: 9 Must-Know Words for Words With Friends


Qi is one of the top five most played words in Words With Friends, but what does it mean? It’s a variant spelling of the word chi, the vital life force believed to circulate around the body and through the universe in Chinese medicine.


Another conveniently short word, qat refers to “an evergreen shrub, Catha edulis, of Arabia and Africa, the leaves of which are used as a narcotic when chewed or made into a beverage.” It can also be spelled kat (which is worth 7 points) or khat (10 points).


Also spelled fakir and faquir, faqir is “a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker” or a “dervish.” Played on a triple word, this term could work wonders for your game.


This acronym was coined in the 1920s to describe the standard keyboard which began with these six letters at the top left. Luckily for us, it’s now worth 22 points in Words With Friends.


Qaid entered English in the mid-1800s and refers to “a tribal chief, judge, or senior official.” It stems from the Arabic word meaning “leader.” It’s sometimes spelled caid and shares a root with the Spanish word alcaide meaning “a commander of a fortress” or “a warden.”


Related to qaid, qadi refers to “a judge in a Muslim community.” It’s a useful variant when trying to stack words to play do or it.


Also spelled shekel, sheqel is an ancient unit of weight equivalent to about a quarter or a half of an ounce. Today it is most commonly used to refer to the Israeli currency, though it is also a slang term meaning “money.”


Another money-related term, qindar, also spelled qintar, is a monetary denomination, like the cent, in Albania that’s equivalent to 100th of a lek, the standard monetary unit.


Though this word sounds like a cough, qoph is actually the 19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It’s worth 18 points, not 19.