verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- answer back,
- answer for,
- answer print,
- answer to,
Origin of answer
Examples from the Web for answerer
The questions will never be asked, and Answerer remembers something his builders knew and forgot.
"Savages, that's what we are," Morran said, pacing up and down in front of Answerer.
Then ask God to help you, my darling, remembering that he is the hearer and answerer of prayer.Elsie at Viamede|Martha Finley
Answerer contented himself with muttering the answers to himself.
Alone on his little planet, Answerer sat, waiting for the Questioners.
- 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with answer
- answer back
- answer for
- answer to
- know all the answers
- take no for an answer