verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- answer back,
- answer for,
- answer print,
- answer to,
Origin of answer
Examples from the Web for unanswered
Whether he can do it on the national stage is the unanswered question.
He insists that there is a “bottomless warren of unanswered questions surrounding that day and its aftermath.”Celebrity Conspiracy Theorists: Courtney Love Finds Malaysian Flight 370|Amy Zimmerman|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It worked and the team put up 27 unanswered points to defeat the Bears and win the league title.New York City Is the Storied Football Capital of the USA|Ben Jacobs|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There will always be some little thread, some unanswered question, that will keep the right-wing press going on this.
Unanswered questions and conspiracy theories about the apartment bombings persist to this day.Tsarnaev Brothers’ Impact on U.S.-Russian Counterterrorism Cooperation|Andrew S. Weiss|April 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The sound of merry voices and laughing came from within, and his first hesitating knock was unanswered.Tom Brown's School Days|Thomas Hughes
Even in America, on an infinitely smaller scale, the question was old and unanswered.The Education of Henry Adams|Henry Adams
He wrote, but he felt sure that his letters never reached her, since they were unanswered.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Day after day it accompanies me on my daily round, unanswered and seemingly unanswerable.
The unanswered hail was followed by the springing of rattles, ringing of bells, running of men, and shouting of orders.Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)|Charles Morris
- 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