QIN, QIS, and QAT - 3 Letter Q Words for Scrabble

Last updated 28 January 2024 by Stephen Lunt
The word QIN played in Scrabble
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QIN is valid to play in Scrabble for 12 points

About the word QIN

A qin is a Chinese musical instrument similar to a zither and is sometimes referred to as a guqin. The qin has a long history in Chinese culture and is often associated with scholarly pursuits and artistic expression.

Qin is an interesting and unique word that can add some variety to your Scrabble game. Additionally, it’s a powerful winning word to play as it uses the high-scoring tile “Q” and is only three letters long without a “U”.

Some synonyms for Qin include “guqin”, “Chinese zither”, and “seven-stringed zither”.

Words Containing QIN

  • qins 13
  • guqin 15
  • qintar 15
  • guqins 16
  • qindar 16
  • qintars 16
  • qindars 17
  • qintarka 21
  • qindarka 22
  • qinghaosu 22
  • qinghaosus 23
  • More QIN words


QIS is valid to play in Scrabble for 12 points

About the word QIS

The word Qis is the plural form of the word QI. The word’s meaning is the life force or energy that flows throughout all living things. Qis origin can be traced back to Chinese culture.

Being a short three-letter with a Q and no U, Qis has become a very popular word in the game of Scrabble. It has great scoring potential when played on multiplier squares and can be a game-winning word for some players. We recommend you memorise this word for your future games.

If you’re wondering if Qis can be hooked onto to make longer words, unfortunately, the answer is no. It’s not possible to extend Qis any further.

The word QIS played on a Scrabble board


QAT is valid to play in Scrabble for 12 points

About the word QAT

A “qat” is a shrub whose leaves can be used as a mild stimulant when chewed or brewed as a tea. It is commonly found in Arabian countries.

Players looking to extend Qat to make a longer word will find it is only possible in one way. This is to add an “S” to the end, making the plural form of the word “qats.”

Words Containing QAT


QUA is valid to play in Scrabble for 12 points

About the word QUA

Qua’s meaning and definition are as being or in the capacity of. An example of this word in a sentence is: “The president spoke qua head of state, not as an individual.” Some extensions of the word qua include “Quad”, “Aqua”, and “Quat” to name a few.

Scrabble fact: qua is one of only four valid three-letter Scrabble words beginning with the letter Q. The other three valid four-letter Q words include “Qat”, “Qin”, and “Qis.”

Definitions of QUA

  • (preposition) As; in the capacity of

Words Containing QUA

  • aqua 13
  • quai 13
  • quat 13
  • quad 14
  • quag 14
  • quay 16
  • aquae 14
  • aquas 14
  • equal 14
  • quail 14
  • quair 14
  • quais 14
  • quale 14
  • quant 14
  • quare 14
  • quart 14
  • quasi 14
  • quass 14
  • quate 14
  • quats 14
  • squat 14
  • quads 15
  • quags 15
  • squad 15
  • qualm 16
  • More QUA words

Word definition sourced from Wiktionary under CC BY-SA 4.0. We verify the validity of the words discussed in this article against our own data and official Scrabble dictionaries such as the NASPA Word List and SOWPODS (Collins Scrabble Words).

Stephen Lunt is Word Checker's founder and primary content writer. He loves to share his experiences and knowledge of word games through writing and creating handy online tools for players to use.

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