[ kweer-ee ]
/ ˈkwɪər i /

noun, plural que·ries.

verb (used with object), que·ried, que·ry·ing.

Nearby words

  1. quern,
  2. quernstone,
  3. quersprung,
  4. querulous,
  5. querulously,
  6. query language,
  7. querétaro,
  8. ques.,
  9. quesada, gonzalo jiménez de,
  10. quesadilla

Origin of query

1625–35; alteration (cf. -y3) of earlier quere < Latin quaere quaere

Related formsque·ry·ing·ly, adverbout·que·ry, verb (used with object), out·que·ried, out·que·ry·ing.un·que·ried, adjective

Can be confusedinquiry queryquarry query

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/ (ˈkwɪərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a question, esp one expressing doubt, uncertainty, or an objection
a less common name for question mark

verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)

to express uncertainty, doubt, or an objection concerning (something)
to express as a query"What's up now?" she queried
US to put a question to (a person); ask

Word Origin for query

C17: from earlier quere, from Latin quaere ask!, from quaerere to seek, inquire

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