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qt.

1

abbreviation for

, plural qt., qts.
  1. quantity.
  2. plural qt qts quart.


q.t.

2
or Q.T.

abbreviation for

, Informal.

qt

1

abbreviation for

  1. quart


q.t.

2

abbreviation for

  1. quiet
  2. on the q.t.
    secretly

qt.

  1. Abbreviation of quart


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Word History and Origins

Origin of qt.1

First recorded in 1905–10
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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. on the q.t., stealthily; secretly:

    to meet someone on the q.t.

More idioms and phrases containing qt.

see on the Q.T.
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Example Sentences

I gote noe news since I seed you, only qt wee had before about the Spainyard's is like to continue.

The heater when connected to a current supply and placed in 1 qt.

A very effective dip for brass and copper articles, that will leave a clean and bright finish, is 2 qt.

Stops, A, are placed in the casing at the right places for each pocket to spill when exactly 2 qt.

If each pocket holds 2 qt., the wheel is marked as shown, as each pocket must discharge to cause the wheel to turn one notch.

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About This Word

What else does QT mean?

In slang, QT can mean cutie. Go ahead, try to say QT. It almost sounds just like cutie, an informal term for a cute person.

QT also an abbreviation of quiet.

How is QT pronounced?

[ kyoo-tee , kyootee ]

What are some variants of QT?

qt

What are some other words related to QT?

Where does QT come from?

As an abbreviation of quiet, QT goes back to at least the 19th century. First recorded in the 1840s, the phrase on the quiet was an expression meaning “in strict confidence, in secret,” with shortened on the QT appearing in the late 1800s. Over 100 years later, on the QT was used, for example, as part of a tagline to the 1997 neo-noir film L.A. Confidential: “Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush …”

QT was used as a homophone for cutie (attractive, charming person or pet) in the early 1980s animal superhero comic book character Cutey Bunny, created by Joshua Quagmire. This comic was pretty niche, but a 1995 Usenet posting from a fan club of the book is an early example of QT online.

Beyond the comic, QT spread in early 1990s internet culture. It was, and is, used for cutie in various forms of digital communication.

How is QT used in real life?

On the QT is sometimes used as a more old-fashioned, noir-sounding version of on the down-low/DL.

Online, QT for cutie is popular as an affectionate and playful abbreviation for the various loved ones in our lives.

QT 3.14 is a playful way of punning on cutie pie, 3.14 the rounded fraction for the value π (pi).

Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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