[ an-ser-bak, ahn- ]
/ ˈæn sərˌbæk, ˈɑn- /
a reply or answering message from a computer or other electronic device, as by means of teletypewriter or simulated voice.
of, constituting, or providing an answerback: a computer with answerback capability.
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Origin of answerback
First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase answer back (first used in telegraphy)
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British Dictionary definitions for answerback
(adverb) to reply rudely to (a person, esp someone in authority) when one is expected to remain silent
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Idioms and Phrases with answerback
see talk back.
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