- quæstion (archaic)
From Middle English question, questioun, questiun, from Anglo-Norman questiun, from Old French question, from Latin quaestiōnem, accusative of quaestiō (“a seeking, investigation, inquiry, question”), from quaerere (“to seek, ask, inquire”). Displaced native Middle English frain, fraign (“question”) (from Old English fræġn); compare Middle English frainen, freinen ("to inquire, question"; > Modern English frain), Middle English afrainen, affrainen (“to question”), German German fragen (“to ask”)/German Frage (“question”). Compare also Middle Low German quēstie (“questioning; inquiry”), Middle High German questje (“question”).
question (plural questions)
- A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.
What is your question?
- A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
The question of seniority will be discussed at the meeting.
There was a question of which material to use.
- A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.
His claim to the property has come under question.
- The story is true beyond question.
- He obeyed without question.
- Bible, John iii. 25
- There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
- Francis Bacon
- It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for the propagation of the faith.
- A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.
- interrogation by torture
- The Scottish privy council had power to put state prisoners to the question.
- (obsolete) Talk; conversation; speech.
- Made she no verbal question? Shakespeare King Lear ca. 1606
- inquiry, enquiry, query, subject, topic, problem, issue, consideration, interrogation, doubt, motion, proposition, proposal
- a question of
- begging the question
- beyond question
- bonus question
- call into question
- chicken-or-egg question
- closed-ended question
- essay question
- federal question
- in question
- indirect question
- frequently asked questions/FAQ
- leading question
- loaded question
- multiple-choice question
- no questions asked
- open question
- open-ended question
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- To ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information.
- Francis Bacon
- He that questioneth much shall learn much.
- Francis Bacon
- To raise doubts about; have doubts about.
- (obsolete) To argue; to converse; to dispute.
- I pray you, think you question with the Jew.
- quæstion (obsolete)
question f (plural questions)
- “question” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).