One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To query; to question. Frequently with whether.
Introducing a question or subject of enquiry: ask, inquire, query; ‘one may ask’, ‘it is a question’ (whether, etc.).
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Sclater. From quaere. Compare earlier quaere, queer<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Phaer (?1510–1560), translator and physician. From classical Latin quaere, imperative singular of quaerere (in post-classical Latin also querere) to ask, inquire. For later spellings of the word see query and discussion at that entry. Perhaps compare also quary.
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