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What older men and younger women have in common is they are both suffering from different insecurities. She is looking for someone to make her feel safe, and he is looking for someone who doesn't answer back and is a trophy.
Mark Barrowcliffe

Meaning of "answer back" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF ANSWER BACK

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ANSWER BACK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Answer back is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb answer back in English.

WHAT DOES ANSWER BACK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of answer back in the English dictionary

The definition of answer back in the dictionary is to reply rudely to when one is expected to remain silent.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO ANSWER BACK

PRESENT

Present
I answer back
you answer back
he/she/it answers back
we answer back
you answer back
they answer back
Present continuous
I am answering back
you are answering back
he/she/it is answering back
we are answering back
you are answering back
they are answering back
Present perfect
I have answered back
you have answered back
he/she/it has answered back
we have answered back
you have answered back
they have answered back
Present perfect continuous
I have been answering back
you have been answering back
he/she/it has been answering back
we have been answering back
you have been answering back
they have been answering back
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I answered back
you answered back
he/she/it answered back
we answered back
you answered back
they answered back
Past continuous
I was answering back
you were answering back
he/she/it was answering back
we were answering back
you were answering back
they were answering back
Past perfect
I had answered back
you had answered back
he/she/it had answered back
we had answered back
you had answered back
they had answered back
Past perfect continuous
I had been answering back
you had been answering back
he/she/it had been answering back
we had been answering back
you had been answering back
they had been answering back
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will answer back
you will answer back
he/she/it will answer back
we will answer back
you will answer back
they will answer back
Future continuous
I will be answering back
you will be answering back
he/she/it will be answering back
we will be answering back
you will be answering back
they will be answering back
Future perfect
I will have answered back
you will have answered back
he/she/it will have answered back
we will have answered back
you will have answered back
they will have answered back
Future perfect continuous
I will have been answering back
you will have been answering back
he/she/it will have been answering back
we will have been answering back
you will have been answering back
they will have been answering back
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would answer back
you would answer back
he/she/it would answer back
we would answer back
you would answer back
they would answer back
Conditional continuous
I would be answering back
you would be answering back
he/she/it would be answering back
we would be answering back
you would be answering back
they would be answering back
Conditional perfect
I would have answer back
you would have answer back
he/she/it would have answer back
we would have answer back
you would have answer back
they would have answer back
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been answering back
you would have been answering back
he/she/it would have been answering back
we would have been answering back
you would have been answering back
they would have been answering back
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you answer back
we let´s answer back
you answer back
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to answer back
Past participle
answered back
Present Participle
answering back
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ANSWER BACK

anserine
Ansermet
anserous
Anshan
ANSI
answer
answer for
answer machine
answer-back code
answerability
answerable
answerableness
answerably
answerer
answering machine
answering service
answerless
answerphone
answerphone message

WORDS THAT END LIKE ANSWER BACK

a slap on the back
back
back to back
bounce back
fall back
fight back
get back
go back
hit back
hold back
look back
lower back
on one´s back
pat on the back
pay back
put back
set back
sit back
slap on the back
take back
upper back

Synonyms and antonyms of answer back in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ANSWER BACK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «answer back» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of answer back

Translation of «answer back» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ANSWER BACK

Find out the translation of answer back to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of answer back from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «answer back» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

回嘴
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

responder de vuelta
570 millions of speakers

English

answer back
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

वापस जवाब
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الإجابة مرة أخرى
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

ответить обратно
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

responder de volta
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উত্তর পাঠাও
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

répondre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Jawab semula
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

antworten zurück
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

言い返す
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

다시 대답
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Njawab maneh
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

trả lời lại
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பதில் சொல்லுங்கள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

परत उत्तर द्या
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

geri cevap
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

ribattere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

odebrać z powrotem
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

відповісти назад
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

răspunde înapoi
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

απαντήσει πίσω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

beantwoord terug
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

svara tillbaka
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

svare tilbake
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of answer back

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ANSWER BACK»

The term «answer back» is regularly used and occupies the 102.018 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ANSWER BACK» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about answer back

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QUOTES WITH «ANSWER BACK»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word answer back.
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Mark Barrowcliffe
What older men and younger women have in common is they are both suffering from different insecurities. She is looking for someone to make her feel safe, and he is looking for someone who doesn't answer back and is a trophy.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ANSWER BACK»

Discover the use of answer back in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to answer back and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage
BACK-ANSWER BACK-FEED put poor Bum Bum pan ice / Fuh a week — / Luk say he a back an' neck, j Dem get dead box ou four hundrid datla. ( = 'Hire cars Kent to town to put pour Bum Bum on ice /for a week / Looks as if he was just ...
Richard Allsopp, Jeannette Allsopp, 2003
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Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago: On ...
23 answerback answer back v Talk back impudently; respond disrespectfully. See also CHAT3. (< arc E answer back 'make a response to anything supposed to be authoritative or final, or where silence or acquiescence would be proper; reply ...
Lise Winer, 2009
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Untitled
... answers to the suspect's description was seen in the area on the night of the crime. "phrasal verbs answer (sb) back to speak rudely when answering someone in authority: Don't you dare answer me back, young lady! answer back to react to ...
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Thinking Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Sometimes it is possible to put the answer back into the question and see if it 'fits'. This is probably the easiest way. For example, look at the question in Chapter 3.5 (page 94) about Amy and David passing on the road. We concluded that they ...
John Butterworth, Geoff Thwaites, 2013
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Embodiment Via Body Parts: Studies from Various Languages ...
还口 huan-kou (return-mouth) 'answer back; retort' c.回口 hui-kou (return/go back- mouth) dial. 'answer back; retort' d.还嘴 huan-zui (return-mouth) inf. 'answer or talk back; retort' e.回嘴 hui-zui (return/go back-mouth) 'answer or talk back; retort'  ...
Zouheir A. Maalej, Ning Yu, 2011
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
... you dare answer me back, young lady! answer back to react to criticism by arguing or explaining: The company criticized in the documentary was given the opportunity to answer back. answer for sth to be responsible for something bad, or to ...
‎2008
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Friends of Interpretable Objects
as “sort of answer back” and with claims such as “I know what the statue (or the tree) means (or needs).” These phrases suggest that there is a distinction between answering back and sort of answering back. Given certain conditions, most ...
Miguel TAMEN, Miguel Tamen, 2009
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Gossip Rehab: How To Stop Gossip
... rumor, scandal, scuttlebutt, word small talk, speech, talk, tattle, the latest, tidings, whispering, Main Entry: respond Part of Speech: verb Definition: answer Synonyms: acknowledge, answer, answer back, behave, come back, come in, counter, ...
Annette Adams
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Garner's Modern American Usage
answer back is a common REDUNDANCY, especially in BrE—e.g.: “Hilary and Piers du Pre seem determined to wreak the ultimate revenge on their sister by discrediting her while she lies—unable to answer back [read answer]—in her grave.
Bryan Garner, 2009
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Enhancing Your Presentation Skills
The final phase here in the Q86A process is to answer back to the ques— tioner ( always satisfy the original questioner first, out of courtesy) and then tie back your answer to your main idea if possible and put a positive spin on whatever it is ...
Till K. Kahrs, 2000

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ANSWER BACK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term answer back is used in the context of the following news items.
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FIRSTS: My boss and I: A first job heartache
So I asked God to give me the grace to respect her despite the hurt and the urge to answer back and to defend myself. I cried my heart out to ... «GMA News, Jul 15»
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Can NASA fix New Horizons spacecraft just days before Pluto flyby?
... 8.8 hours to carry out – 4.4 hours to transmit to depths of the solar system and another 4.4 hours for New Horizons to transmit its answer back. «Christian Science Monitor, Jul 15»
3
Greenbrier Classic 2015: Final Leaderboard Scores, Prize Money …
It was Lee who made his longer playoff putt first at the 18th, so Hearn did well to answer back and force extra action. But an adventurous trip ... «Bleacher Report, Jul 15»
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This Week in PC Hardware: Skylake pricing, graphics monstrosities …
... each time bringing the answer back to memory. This goes back and forth until all the numbers have been calculated. If given a set of say, ... «WinBeta, Jul 15»
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Jason Kingsley, co-founder of Rebellion
It gives me a break from technology and I offload by chatting to my horse, which is great as he doesn't answer back! It also puts my brain into ... «Director magazine, Jul 15»
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Simon Cowell's mum Julie has died – I'll never forget the day I met …
'The worst thing she can say to me if I'm got my friends round is, 'Simon stop showing off' and there's no answer back to that.' While his work ... «NOW Magazine, Jul 15»
7
Bells sweep series with BlueJackets with 12 inning win 4-2
Chase Scott broke up the bottleneck with a 2 run homer in the top of the 12th and Kitsap couldn't answer back in their half. Walker Olis broke a ... «KGMI, Jul 15»
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Washington Nationals Recap: Nats Finish Off Sweep Of Giants With …
San Francisco would answer back with a run of their own in the fourth. With two outs and in a 3-0 count, manager Bruce Bochy turned Brandon ... «District On Deck, Jul 15»
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Alaska sweeps Star, returns to PBA Finals
Blakely tried to answer back but he misfired on a questionable attempt from three and was denied from behind by Manuel inside. With the loss ... «Inquirer.net, Jul 15»
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Are We the Land?
Before I had the words for gods, I knew I needed to answer back the thing that I was hearing, wordless, under the sound of the rain. My bare feet ... «Patheos, Jul 15»

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