The 312 object of the answerer is of course to baffle, to excite curiosity; it is a mental battledore and shuttlecock.
answerer contented himself with muttering the answers to himself.
answerer could answer anything, provided it was a legitimate question.
answerer mumbled the right questions to himself, and answered them.
They have sometimes a little verse written upon them, to tell the answerer what he has got to do in the other world.
"Savages, that's what we are," Morran said, pacing up and down in front of answerer.
The questions will never be asked, and answerer remembers something his builders knew and forgot.
I ask earnestly for a new heart; for he is the hearer and answerer of prayer.
At last a distant halloo replied, and by cries the answerer was guided to us.
His heart palpitated violently as he heard the lock turning, lest the answerer of his summons might be his tenant.
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.