Cool Words For Gamers: Pact – Quixotic

You, gentle reader, are clearly of perspicacious intellect; after all you don’t find this quisquous…

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)
By William McAusland (Outland Arts)


Last week, I tackled the “N” and “O” words. This week, we hurl ourselves into the Ps and Qs!:


  • Pact an agreement or compact between two or more parties, nations etc.
  • Paean a hymn sung (in ancient Greece) in thanksgiving or praise to a deity
  • Paggle to bulge or hang loosely
  • Palfrey a small horse fit for ladies; it is always distinguished in old books from a warhorse
  • Pancart a placard with public notices
  • Parlous full of danger or risk; hazardous
  • Pelf money, riches
  • Peregrination an excursion especially on foot or to a foreign country; journey
  • Perfidy treachery
  • Perspicacious of acute mental vision or discernment; keen
  • Picaroon a vagabond
  • Piteous exciting or deserving pity
  • Ploddeill a band of cudgelers
  • Poop-Noddy a fool or simpleton
  • Popinjay a strutting supercilious person
  • Poriomania wanderlust
  • Portentous of momentous or ominous significance; miraculous, amazing or awe-inspiring; self-important or pompous
  • Prescience foreknowledge of events; divine omniscience; human anticipation of the course of events; foresight
  • Profane having or indicating contempt, irreverence or disrespect for a divinity or something sacred; coarse or blasphemous
  • Pusillanimity characterised by a lack of courage or determination


  • Quag a boggy place
  • Quaggle a quivering, as of jelly (run a gelatinous cube encounter, just to use this word!)
  • Quar to choke or fill up a channel or passage
  • Quetch to moan or twitch in pain; to shake
  • Quisquous perplexing, puzzling
  • Quop to throb, palpitate
  • Quixotic capricious, unpredictable

More Cool Words?

Do you know other cool, but odd, words beginning with the letter “P” or “Q”? If you do, share them in the comments below and add to your fellow gamers’ vocabulary!

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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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