noun, plural Q's or Qs, q's or qs.
Origin of q.1
Examples from the Web for q
Contemporary Examples of q
Q: What was your sensation when they were pouring water... what did you physically feel?The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
In the Q and A that followed, I was asked about the source of a quote.Kerouac Biographer Gets Back on the Road
October 2, 2014
Q: That's not a lot of money to suffer from serious complications if the vaccine has flaws.
Q: So there's no side effects like uncontrollable diarrhea or bleeding profusely through your eyes?
Q: What were some of the possible side effects the doctors warned you about?
Historical Examples of q
Q——would break her poor little heart if he were to quit her.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
There were, however, some very large and elaborately fitted "Q" boats.Submarine Warfare of To-day
Charles W. Domville-Fife
Q——, whom I did not expect to find too hard on me, after what she had said.
Q—-reproached her for having made my dress too tight in the neck.
The Q—— is sending what she calls her Commissioners to Milan.Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)
Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
noun plural q's, Q's or Qs
16th letter of the classical Roman alphabet, from the Phoenician equivalent of Hebrew koph, qoph, which was used for the more guttural of the two "k" sounds in Semitic.
The letter existed in Greek, but was little used and not alphabetized; the stereotypical connection with -u- began in Latin. Anglo-Saxon scribes adopted the habit at first, but later used spellings with cw- or cu-. The qu- pattern returned to English with the Norman Conquest and had displaced cw- by c.1300. In some spelling variants of late Middle English, quh- also took work from wh-, especially in Scottish and northern dialects, e.g. Gavin Douglas, Provost of St. Giles, in his vernacular "Aeneid" of 1513:
Lyk as the rois in June with hir sueit smell
The marygulde or dasy doith excell.
Quhy suld I than, with dull forhede and vane,
With ruide engine and barrand emptive brane,
With bad harsk speche and lewit barbour tong,
Presume to write quhar thi sueit bell is rong,
Or contirfait sa precious wourdis deir?
Scholars use -q- alone to transliterate Semitic koph (e.g. Quran, Qatar, Iraq ). In Christian theology, Q has been used since 1901 to signify the hypothetical source of passages shared by Matthew and Luke, but not in Mark; in this sense probably it is an abbreviation of German Quelle "source."
surname, literally "John's (child);" see John. Phrase keep up with the Joneses (1913, American English) is from the title of a comic strip by Arthur R. Momand. The slang sense "intense desire, addiction" (1968) probably arose from earlier use of Jones as a synonym for "heroin," presumably from the proper name, but the connection, if any, is obscure. Related: Jonesing.
see mind one's p's and q's.
see Davy Jones's locker; keep up (with the Joneses).