One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A failure or refusal to give an answer; a failure to obtain an answer.
2An answer that does not deserve to be called an answer; an inadequate or evasive answer.
with object To utter as an inadequate answer.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Examiner. From non- + answer<br>early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From non- + answer.
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