- a question; an inquiry.
- mental reservation; doubt.
- Printing. a question mark (?), especially as added on a manuscript, proof sheet, or the like, indicating doubt as to some point in the text.
- an inquiry from a writer to an editor of a magazine, newspaper, etc., regarding the acceptability of or interest in an idea for an article, news story, or the like: usually presented in the form of a letter that outlines or describes the projected piece.
- to ask or inquire about: No one queried his presence.
- to question as doubtful or obscure: to query a statement.
- Printing. to mark (a manuscript, proof sheet, etc.) with a query.
- to ask questions of.
Origin of query
Related Words for queryingobjection, question, questioning, inquiry, reservation, skepticism, inquire, interrogate, quiz, uncertainty, mistrust, interrogation, doubt, suspicion, interrogatory, dubiety, problem, concern, knock, impugn
Examples from the Web for querying
Historical Examples of querying
What else could be shown, I rebuked my nerves by querying of them; and turned the key.The Thing from the Lake
Eleanor M. Ingram
Jack was querying, as he and old Fairfax sipped their five-o'clock "Manhattan."The Golden House
Charles Dudley Warner
Clara, too; she was querying how much she should tell Thurstane; all of a sudden she was dreaming.Overland
John William De Forest
He looked at her on a level, spiritually, querying as to who she might be.The Precipice
Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Miss Munch was querying as Claire stepped into the dressing-room.The Blood Red Dawn
Charles Caldwell Dobie
- a question, esp one expressing doubt, uncertainty, or an objection
- a less common name for question mark
- 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
1530s, quaere "a question," from Latin quaere "ask," imperative of quaerere "to seek, look for; strive, endeavor, strive to gain; ask, require, demand;" figuratively "seek mentally, seek to learn, make inquiry," probably ultimately from PIE *kwo-, root forming the stem of relative and interrogative pronouns (see who). Spelling Englished or altered c.1600 by influence of inquiry.
"to question," 1650s, from query (n.). Related: Queried; querying.