verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ask
Examples from the Web for asker
If the asker's needs were greater than his own he divided with him the little which he had.William Lloyd Garrison|Archibald H. Grimke
This latter question, we believe, is frequently the outcome of carelessness or laziness on the part of the asker.The Sea Shore|William S. Furneaux
No one refuses the asker anything that he possesses; on the contrary, they themselves invite us to ask for it.
It was a common question with no meaning to the asker, but of how much to Tara!Tara|Philip Meadows Taylor
Questions as to the value of money and power were almost invariably brushed aside, or pressed at extreme risk to the asker.Monday or Tuesday|Virginia Woolf
British Dictionary definitions for asker (1 of 2)
Word Origin for ask
British Dictionary definitions for asker (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for asker
Old English ascian "ask, call for an answer; make a request," from earlier ahsian, from Proto-Germanic *aiskojan (cf. Old Saxon escon, Old Frisian askia "request, demand, ask," Middle Dutch eiscen, Dutch eisen "to ask, demand," Old High German eiscon "to ask (a question)," German heischen "to ask, demand"), from PIE *ais- "to wish, desire" (cf. Sanskrit icchati "seeks, desires," Armenian aic "investigation," Old Church Slavonic iskati "to seek," Lithuanian ieškau "to seek").
Form in English influenced by a Scandinavian form of the word (cf. Danish æske; the Old English would have evolved by normal sound changes into ash, esh, which was a Midlands and s.w. England dialect form). Modern dialectal ax is as old as Old English acsian and was an accepted literary variant until c.1600. Related: Asked; asking. Old English also had fregnan/frignan which carried more directly the sense of "question, inquire," and is from PIE root *prek-, the common source of words for "ask" in most Indo-European languages (see pray). If you ask me "in my opinion" is attested from 1910. Asking price is attested from 1755.
Idioms and Phrases with asker
In addition to the idioms beginning with ask
- ask a stupid question and you'll get a stupid answer
- ask for
- ask for the moon
- ask out
- don't ask
- for the asking