Definition of indirect question in English:

indirect question

noun

Grammar
  • A question in reported speech, e.g., they asked who I was.

    • ‘I asked some indirect questions to find out his marital status.’
    • ‘Instead of asking them direct questions about their own activities, it was deemed better to ask indirect questions about the activities of their peers.’
    • ‘Once silence installed itself again, Reilly shot another indirect question at how Josie was feeling.’
    • ‘Still beating around the bush, she asked another indirect question.’
    • ‘‘Well then let me ask you an indirect question,’ Karen offered.’

Pronunciation:

indirect question

/ˈˌɪndəˈˌrɛkt ˈkwɛstʃən/