verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of answer
Synonyms for answer
Related Words for answer backproceed, acknowledge, feel, counter, revert, perform, behave, act, answer, reply, return, react, rebut, respond, claim, deny, resolve, explain, say, solve
- a party's written reply to his opponent's interrogatories
- (in divorce law) the respondent's written reply to the petition
Word Origin for answer
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.
see talk back.
In addition to the idioms beginning with answer
- answer back
- answer for
- answer to
- know all the answers
- take no for an answer