from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Asking a question or being of the nature of a question: an interrogative raising of the eyebrows.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being an element or construction used to ask a question: an interrogative adverb; an interrogative particle.
- n. A word or form used to ask a question.
- n. A sentence or an expression that asks a question.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Asking or denoting a question; pertaining to inquiry; questioning: as, an interrogative phrase, pronoun, or point; an interrogative look or tone of voice.
- n. A word (pronoun, pronominal adjective, or adverb) implying interrogation, or used for asking a question: why, who, when, etc.
- n. A question; an interrogation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Denoting a question; expressed in the form of a question
- n. A word used in asking questions; as, who? which? why?
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Asking or denoting a question; pertaining to inquiry; questioning: as, an interrogative phrase, pronoun, or point; an interrogative look or tone of voice.
- n. In grammar, a word (pronoun, pronominal adjective, or adverb) implying interrogation, or used for asking a question: as, who? what? which? why?
- n. A question; an interrogation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. some linguists consider interrogative sentences to constitute a mood
- adj. relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogation
- adj. relating to verbs in the so-called interrogative mood
- n. a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
-- When are they called interrogative pronominal adjectives?
I'm already very pleased by a bit of information from the Abaza section:Abaza and Abkhaz questions are very unusual in that they choose rightward question movement; that is, the interrogative pronoun appears at the end of the verb, and since the verb is usually the last word of the phrase, these wh-words, as they are called, appear phrase finally.
The language of vainglory, of indignation, pity and revengefulness, optative: but of the desire to know, there is a peculiar expression called interrogative; as, What is it, when shall it, how is it done, and why so?
Wikipedia describes it well: "a nonstandard English-language punctuation mark intended to combine the functions of the question mark (also called the interrogative point) and the exclamation mark or exclamation point (known in printers 'jargon as the bang)".
&c. _Who, which_, and _what_, when used in asking questions, are called interrogative pronouns, or relatives of the interrogative kind; as,
They were the period, the semicolon, the comma, the "interrogative," and the parenthesis.
The relative and interrogative which is a compound of wch-ich fignifying the above a&on, as ich means the firft a£l: of motion or crea - tion, and uch man's utmoft return of that adt or fpring up - wards.
Above all, it was, and still is, a book that imparts in me a kind of interrogative compulsion, compelling me to question everything I did in the classroom, especially those cherished assumptions I didn’t even know I had.
The film makes a stab at modern-day political relevance, with Solomon's torturous interrogative methods yielding nothing but further death.
But is that “whom” a relative or an interrogative?