Definition of rejoinder in English:



  • 1A reply, especially a sharp or witty one.

    ‘she would have made some cutting rejoinder but none came to mind’
    • ‘It was a rejoinder to an industry that had branded him an English theatre person, and ‘a Parsi, which was like a big insult to me‘.’
    • ‘For modern-day adherents of the belief that tariffs and not slavery caused the war, the Confederate tariffs serve as a sharp rejoinder.’
    • ‘I am a painter of the 20th century,’ was his rejoinder.’
    • ‘As a rejoinder to Mr. Essex - yes, design is a process.’
    • ‘Also contributing to the entertainment quota during the show were the quiz-master's rejoinders to the wild guesses that almost every team was indulging in.’
    • ‘Most of the statements were not used at the trial, so any witty rejoinders from Wilde will have to be imagined.’
    • ‘The new reality of policing war zones is a sharp rejoinder to that work but not the first time the modern British army has faced pressures - the most notable example being Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘She had planned a witty rejoinder but the sight of him standing in front of her, so arrogantly beautiful, stoked the fires of her temper.’
    • ‘There's so many witty rejoinders to choose from.’
    • ‘His manner was rather that of a music hall artist, complacent, even cheerful, as his one-liners provoked from his audience the rejoinders he sought.’
    • ‘After less than a minute of nonstop barking, I heard the first canine rejoinders, the ululations of outraged yip dogs.’
    • ‘These are merely answers in kind, which can no doubt be met with plausible rejoinders.’
    • ‘Before Kate can respond with a witty rejoinder about geese, a waiter oozes forth and demands drink orders.’
    • ‘The rejoinder was quick, to the point: ‘The driver has no place to sit to drive the car.’’
    • ‘To his credit, Gunn keeps up his morale with witty rejoinders.’
    • ‘The rejoinder, of course, is that while we all have our individual estimations of the skills and predilections of each enforcement level, none has a monopoly on virtue.’
    • ‘The easy rejoinder to that is I think that no company has ever tried this on before.’
    • ‘The expected witty rejoinder didn't come. ‘How many barrels of black powder do we have left?’’
    • ‘‘Ridiculously expensive,’ is his weak rejoinder.’
    • ‘But his rejoinder shows that there are important ways that we disagree even about ‘what was there.’’
    answer, reply, response, retort, riposte, counter, sally
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    1. 1.1Law dated A defendant's answer to the plaintiff's reply or replication.
      • ‘‘Answer’ was given to this bill, replies were allowed to the ‘answer’ and rejoinders to the replies were allowed, and so on.’
      • ‘In dissent, Justice Breyer provides the rejoinder.’
      • ‘In his rejoinder Lorber admits, as he must, that ‘one cannot get the consent of the baby to non-action’ but he adds that equally ‘one cannot get their consent for all the major operations and procedures which have been carried out on them’.’
      • ‘At the end of the defence case, the Prosecutor may present evidence in rebuttal, then the defence may present evidence in rejoinder, and the Court may have evidence ordered by it to be presented (court evidence).’
      • ‘The division bench comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice A K Sikri fixed December 10 for a further hearing, after Naz asked for time to prepare a rejoinder to the government's affidavit.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French rejoindre (infinitive used as a noun) (see rejoin).