1250-1300; (noun) Middle Englishquestio(u)n, questiun < Anglo-Frenchquestiun,Middle Frenchquestion < Latinquaestiōn- (stem of quaestiō), equivalent to quaes-, stem of quaerere to ask + -tiōn--tion; (v.) late Middle English < Middle Frenchquestioner, derivative of the noun
counterquestion, noun, verb
outquestion, verb (used with object)
prequestion, verb (used with object)
requestion, verb (used with object)
1. inquiry, query, interrogation. 11. query, examine. 12. See inquire.
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. questiun, O.Fr. question "legal inquest," from L. quæstionem (nom. quæstio) "a seeking, inquiry," from root of quærere (pp. quæsitus) "ask, seek" (see query). The verb is first recorded 1470, from O.Fr. questionner (13c.). Question mark is from 1869, earlier question stop (1862). Depreciatory sense of questionable is attested from 1806.