question mark


Definition of question mark

1a : something unknown, unknowable, or uncertain
b : someone (such as an athlete) whose condition, talent, or potential for success is in doubt
2 : a mark ? used in writing and printing at the conclusion of a sentence to indicate a direct question

Examples of question mark in a Sentence

The team's pitching is a big question mark this season.
Recent Examples on the Web Another question mark for the Max is China, where aircraft demand surged prior to this year’s coronavirus pandemic. Fortune, "Boeing shares soar after European regulator appears to give the green light to 737 Max," 16 Oct. 2020 And there's a real question mark of whether the president is willing to go along with those things or not right now. NBC News, "Meet the Press - October 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 The big question mark is how the Fed will proceed with quantitative easing. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: Yield Curve, Corporations & Climate," 8 Oct. 2020 One question mark is the fate of a large backlog of aircraft on order from manufacturer Airbus SE. Kyunghee Park,, "AirAsia Long-Haul Arm Pitches Dramatic Overhaul to Survive," 6 Oct. 2020 Though their defense is still a question mark, that was the formula LSU used last year to rampage through the SEC, setting all kinds of offensive records while allowing a ton of points until their defense caught up later on in the season. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Florida and its two Kyles could be the next gem of the SEC," 4 Oct. 2020 Rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs is also a question mark after showing up on the injury report with a shoulder issue. Mark Heim |, al, "Cowboys vs. Seahawks live stream (9/27): How to watch NFL Week 3 online, TV, time," 27 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, Jaylin Simpson was more of a question mark coming into the game. Giana Han, al, "Grading Auburn’s performance against Kentucky," 27 Sep. 2020 The question mark is Chairman Ajit Pai, who hasn't weighed in publicly on the Trump administration petition. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Trump replaces FCC member in bid to push through Twitter/Facebook crackdown," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of question mark

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Question mark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of question mark

: the punctuation mark ? that is used after a direct question or to indicate that something (such as a birth date) is uncertain
chiefly US : someone or something that causes feelings of doubt or uncertainty

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Kids Definition of question mark

: a punctuation mark ? used chiefly at the end of a sentence to indicate a direct question

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