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 Humphrey and Averett have played like one of the NFL’s better cornerback duos, but the depth behind them is still a question mark. Jonas Shaffer,, 7 Oct. 2021 But Henderson’s durability is a question mark, so the Rams traded for Michel, a fourth-year pro who twice has totaled more than 200 carries and 900 yards in a season and helped the New England Patriots defeat the Rams, 13-3, in Super Bowl LIII. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 The defense is a question mark, with pressure on to limit the first downs allowed. Keven Lerner,, 31 Aug. 2021 Depth will be a question mark, but Minyard says his team will contend for the league title. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 But some observers in New Delhi saw another question mark over whether America could be trusted. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 But some observers in New Delhi saw another question mark over whether America could be trusted., 24 Sep. 2021 That cancellation also leaves a major question mark for viewers of what the network’s NBA coverage will look like this upcoming season. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2021 While Jefferson’s inconsistency at quarterback puts a big question mark on the Razorbacks’ offensive output, Arkansas’ run game appears to be more consistent. Ross Fisher, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of question mark

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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13 Oct 2021

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“Question mark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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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