from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who asks questions; an inquirer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who inquires or asks questions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who inquires, or asks questions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who asks questions


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From obsolete quere, question; see query.]


  • The querist was a gaunt, forlorn-looking man, stoop-shouldered, and slow in his movements

    In the Tennessee mountains,

  • “Are you of noble birth?” demanded the same querist.

    Quentin Durward

  • 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.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • 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,

    The Englishwoman in America

  • Presently he finds that imputations are cast upon them; a troublesome querist comes and asks,

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • My dear and excellent querist, whom does the schoolmaster flog so resolutely as his own son?

    The Book of Snobs

  • Dougal looked in every direction except at the querist, and began to answer, “She canna just be sure about that.”

    Rob Roy

  • And the last querist enquired what was the last robbery or murder he had done.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • 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.

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith


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  • n: inquirer (from L. quaero to inquire.)

    July 26, 2008