from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who asks questions; an inquirer.
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- n. A person who asks questions
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who inquires, or asks questions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who inquires or asks questions.
The querist was a gaunt, forlorn-looking man, stoop-shouldered, and slow in his movements
“Are you of noble birth?” demanded the same querist.
The old man started, as if from a trance, and before answering, surveyed the querist with a keen penetrating glance, which seemed to say,
“Butler,” answered the person to whom this abrupt question was addressed, surprised into answering it by the sudden and fierce manner of the querist — “Reuben Butler, a preacher of the gospel.”
I considered myself quite fortunate to have fallen in with such a querist, for the Americans are usually too much taken up with their own business to trouble themselves about yours, beyond such questions as, “Are you bound west, stranger?” or,
Presently he finds that imputations are cast upon them; a troublesome querist comes and asks,
My dear and excellent querist, whom does the schoolmaster flog so resolutely as his own son?
Dougal looked in every direction except at the querist, and began to answer, “She canna just be sure about that.”
And the last querist enquired what was the last robbery or murder he had done.
But this not satisfying the querist, the voice again repeated the demand, to which he answered louder than before; and now the door was opened by an old woman with cautious reluctance.