question mark

noun
Updated on: 17 Apr 2018

Definition of question mark

1 a : 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

  1. The team's pitching is a big question mark this season.

Recent Examples of question mark from the Web

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First Known Use of question mark

1862


QUESTION MARK Defined for English Language Learners

question mark

Definition of question mark for English Language Learners

  • : 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


QUESTION MARK Defined for Kids

question mark

noun

Definition of question mark for Students

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


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