Mrs. Spencer shot a quick glance at him—but he gave no answer back.
He rattled his sword in its brazen scabbard, but it gave no answer back to him.
The outer world provokes simple creatures to answer back; simple creatures act experimentally on their surroundings.
It was impossible not to answer back to that earnest affection he was expressing.
It is a fact that Miss Fancy would have given the emerald ring off her left first-finger to be able to answer back.
Demoteles, who brings you this letter, will bring your answer back to us.
He could never hope again to touch that hair, or answer back the smile on that beloved and happy face.
But if she could not answer back in public, at least she could answer back in private.
I came to a resolution to answer it, and to send that answer back by the pilot.
They could "josh" me all they wanted to, but I hadn't the energy to answer back.
Old English andswaru "an answer, a reply," from and- "against" (see ante) + -swaru "affirmation," from swerian "to swear" (see swear), suggesting an original sense of "make a sworn statement rebutting a charge." A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon antswor, Old Norse andsvar, Old Frisian ondser, Danish and Swedish ansvar), implying a Proto-Germanic *andswara-. Meaning "a reply to a question," the main modern sense, was present in Old English. Meaning "solution of a problem" is from c.1300.
Old English answarian "to answer;" see answer (n.). Meaning "to respond in antiphony" is from early 15c.; that of "to be responsible for" is early 13c. Related: Answered; answering. The telephone answering machine is from 1961.