[ an-ser-bak, ahn- ]

  1. a reply or answering message from a computer or other electronic device, as by means of teletypewriter or simulated voice.

  1. of, constituting, or providing an answerback: a computer with answerback capability.

Origin of answerback

First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase answer back (first used in telegraphy) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use answerback in a sentence

  • She and Jack had many differences of opinion, but to-night Jack was tired and her cousin decided not to answer back.

    The Ranch Girls at Rainbow Lodge | Margaret Vandercook

British Dictionary definitions for answer back

answer back

  1. (adverb) to reply rudely to (a person, esp someone in authority) when one is expected to remain silent

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Other Idioms and Phrases with answerback


see talk back.

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