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Short Definition : charlatan; impostor

(noun) an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice Definition
(noun) the harsh sound of a duck Definition
(verb) utter quacking noises
Example Sentence
  • The ducks quacked
(verb) act as a medical quack or a charlatan Definition
(adj) medically unqualified
Example Sentence
  • a quack doctor
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for quack

think of it as...if a person quacks like a duck...he is an impostor who is acting like a duck

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If someone tells you that he has the power to create an earth quake, he is certainly a quack.

QUACK==> think about duck. It has wings but cannot fly. When you know like a duck, you don't know deep in detail.

Q-HACK (hindi) Kyun HACK kiya ...coz he's a quack

one who is behaving like a 'dock'

Quack is short for Quacksalver -> In ancient time false doctors used to sell their salves (ointment) displayed on a salver with magical claims.


Short Definition : four-footed animal; ADJ. CF. biped

(noun) an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walking Definition
(adj) having four feet
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for quadruped

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Quad means four and Ped means foot

quad means four ...so ..it gives the meaning :)


Short Definition : drink with zest; drink with relish(zest; hearty enjoyment); CF. sip

(noun) a hearty draft Definition
(verb) to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
Synonyms : gulp swig
Example Sentence
  • The men gulped down their beers
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for quaff

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sounds like cough. When we have a cough, we DRINK cough syrup which is quite tasty actually.

You cough when you quaff a liquid too quickly.

quaff sounds like coffee...usually ppl relish n sip their coffee...

I put the coffee that I cannot quaff into the carafe.

In the movie "RAAVAN"-by mani rathnam, the hero's name is VERA (VERACITY) who ll be TRUTHFUL AND HONEST.

in the house,up the stairs

QUENCH the thirst quickly!

onomatopoeia- say it. You open your mouth, just as you would when QUAFFING a dish of om noms.

having a qauter(quaff) brandy with hearty enjoyment.


Short Definition : bog; marsh; soft, wet, boggy land; predicament; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself

(noun) a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
Synonyms : mire morass quag slack
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for quagmire

Take into consideration the First three words QUAgmire. The words resemble earth QUAKE. So earth quake is an awkward predicament, where soil sinks under your feet.

quag(Kauwa)...mire(Marr)....kauwa DALDAL mein phaske margaya

quagmire think it like this quag is sound of frog and mire can be changed with hire so where frog hire of course in quagmire

add A to it.. AQUA+MIRE == aqua means water .. hence wetland

remember family guy-quagmire!

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quagmire(quake-earthquake) when earthquake occurs it makes the sitution dangerous by devastating the houses and so on

QUA(ck)+gmire;quack reminds u of ducks and ducks generally live in marshy areas :)

remember tom cruise in Jerry MAGUIRE? In the movie he opposes his boss...eventually landing in a difficult situation

Take into consideration the First three words QUAgmire. The words resemble earth QUAKE. So earth quake is an awkward predicament, where soil sink under your feet

quag=big:mire=mine: dangerous

If you know mire, you can relate, quag, mire, quagmire all mean the same


Short Definition : cower; shrink back in fear; lose heart

(noun) flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised Definition
(noun) small gallinaceous game birds Definition
(verb) draw back, as with fear or pain
Example Sentence
  • she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for quail

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If you fail in exam, you loose your heart and quail before your dad :)

when whale comes to you u will quail

it sounds like jail..so when u think of jail u shrink back in fear

Quail are birds which are coward. Coward is one who "turns tail"

q(QUEEN)+UAIL(VEIL)...SO A QUEEN IN VEIL shrinked in fear and lost her heart when she unveiled her self and saw a demon in front of her.

The quail birds were frightened of the hunting dogs.

Cowards QUAIL and BAIL.

Quail is a bird.. when you approach them , they draw back in fear as in you 're going to harm ...

Quail is the road to fail.

if somebody after watching (q)question you(u) are you ail i.e u becomes weak.

when earthQUAke prevaILes, you Quail


Short Definition : odd in an old-fashioned way; odd; old-fashioned; picturesque

(adj) strange in an interesting or pleasing way
Example Sentence
  • quaint dialect words
  • quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities
(adj) very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance
Example Sentence
  • the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name
  • came forth a quaint and fearful sight
  • a quaint sense of humor
(adj) attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
Synonyms : old-time olde worlde
Example Sentence
  • houses with quaint thatched roofs
  • a vaulted roof supporting old-time chimney pots
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for quaint

If you know someone already, you call them ac + quaint. That is because, they are already known to you (old).

quaint can be closely related with the word "FAINT" where you need to take the meaning as faint colors which are ODD,OLD FASHIONED.

gre bigbook QUANT'S questions are old fashioned

If you PAINT that house, you will destroy its old fashioned charm.

quaint rhymes with PAINT..something is good to paint implies it's picturesque,attractive,charming and if i want to paint something unpleasant/ugly ,im an ECCENTRIC,weird,bizarre person


Short Definition : limited; restricted; V. qualify: limit the meaning of; modify

(adj) meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task
Example Sentence
  • many qualified applicants for the job
(adj) limited or restricted; not absolute
Example Sentence
  • gave only qualified approval
(adj) holding appropriate documentation and officially on record as qualified to perform a specified function or practice a specified skill
Synonyms : certified
Example Sentence
  • a registered pharmacist
  • a registered hospital
(adj) restricted in meaning; (as e.g. `man' in `a tall man')
Synonyms : restricted
(adj) contingent on something else
Synonyms : dependant dependent
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Primary meaning qualified :above a given standard(quality) Secondary meaning:limited in quality(just the opposite)

even though I was a QUALIFIED engineer, I was RESTRICTED from attending the conference.

though i was QUALIFIED for the job but was RESTRICTED from getting the job because of my drop years

People above first class are qualified for the Aptitude test hence there are limited number of students shortlisted.


Short Definition : reach a necessary standard; limit the meaning of something stated

(verb) prove capable or fit; meet requirements
Synonyms : measure up
(verb) pronounce fit or able
Example Sentence
  • She was qualified to run the marathon
  • They nurses were qualified to administer the injections
(verb) make more specific
Synonyms : restrict
Example Sentence
  • qualify these remarks
(verb) make fit or prepared
Synonyms : dispose
Example Sentence
  • Your education qualifies you for this job
(verb) specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
Example Sentence
  • The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life
  • The contract stipulates the dates of the payments
(verb) describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
Example Sentence
  • You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist
  • This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover
(verb) add a modifier to a constituent
Synonyms : modify
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for qualify

Think of java qualifiers (private/public/default/protected - they limit the access of members of a class).


Short Definition : dilemma; state of uncertainty; Ex. She is in a quandary about whether to go.

(noun) a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
Synonyms : plight predicament
Example Sentence
  • finds himself in a most awkward predicament
  • the woeful plight of homeless people
(noun) state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
Synonyms : dilemma
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for quandary

quantary relates to quantum physics,which is so complex that it leaves you in DILEMMA about the UNCERTAINITY of photon

this word quandary sounds like wandering so if you are in a DILEMMA you wander all around the streets.....

I was in dilemma whether I give my cloths to laundry or wash them at home

Quandry=quants+vocabulary .wat to study for gre.confusion and dilemma.

In a QUANDARY about whether to suicide in QUAN (well) or DARYa (river)

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kon + da + (ko)ri

sounds like Q(why)+ DARI(fear).....when we r in dilemma we become frightened so people ask us why r u in fear??

QUAN(KAUN) bolega DARY(route or way) i am in a dilemma...

Quandary - Foundary - Legendary .. Whether this foundry has been built by the legendary Casanova, Barney Stinson, or not is still a mystery.

quandary: i am in dilemma, whom(Quan) of these 2 girls are "dar rahi" (dary)

i am in dilemma ki wo mujhse q (qua)+ dary(dar rahi) hai

remeber QUESTION!


Short Definition : isolation of a person, place, or ship to prevent spread of infection; V: isolate in quarantine

(noun) enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease Definition
(noun) isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease Definition
(verb) place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons
Example Sentence
  • My dog was quarantined before he could live in England
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for quarantine

quarantine is pretty familiar in case of antivirus softwares you can quarantine the virus affected files which means to ISOLATE THEM...

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quara+ntine....quara..sounds like KUWARA..AND a kuwara person is always seen isolated..in family functions.

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