What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question?

I have exhausted the thesaurus with no real luck... any ideas?

EDIT: It is in reference to this - or any other StackExchange - site in which the question is posed by X and answer is submitted by Y.

EDIT 2: In the context of StackExchange, and the fact I need plurality (something I neglected to mention oooops), I have decided upon "Posters" and "Respondents"...


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Questioner/Asker, Answerer, Answerer

answerer (plural answerers)
1. a person or thing that answers or responds

Also see here: Should I prefer "asker" or "questioner" for a person who asked a question?

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    You can accept my answer as the answer to your question, questioner, and let me be the answerer of this question – mplungjan Feb 17 '11 at 12:47
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    Ah ha .. a witty aside...done. – slotishtype Feb 17 '11 at 12:49
  • +1 (snicker) Based on your answer, that should have said asker. – Tragicomic Feb 17 '11 at 12:51
  • hehe, got me... – mplungjan Feb 18 '11 at 20:24
  • Asker is the first thing that comes to my mind, but it always gets squiggly lines (spell check). If it's so intuitive to call someone who asks an asker, why didn't it become a proper word in the English (US) language? PS: So does answerer... – ADTC May 31 '16 at 9:30

May I suggest: Questioner/Respondent

  • You may....I'd upvote but the system won't allow. – slotishtype Feb 17 '11 at 12:40
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    I was going to say Questioner/Questionee. Respondant seems more professional. – WernerCD Feb 17 '11 at 18:00
  • Gotta throw my weight behind this one. The individual words may exist, but Asker/Answerer as a pairing? No way! Give me Questioner/Respondent any day! – FumbleFingers May 20 '11 at 0:03
  • Respondent doesn't imply an answer given, hence is not suitable as answer to this question. It is however a response. – Paul Jul 14 '15 at 13:42
  • I like Questioner but not Respondent because Respondent is kind of like Defendant. It's a legal term. Responder works better. I also like Expert which someone proposed. – aparente001 Nov 15 '16 at 8:55

You could consider Inquirer, Questioner or, for instance Interrogator. Meanings differ slightly, I'd normally go for one of the first two. The third can be used when someone asks multiple questions, i.e., interrogates someone else.

Edit: respondent has been suggested by others.

  • It's actuall in reference to this, or any stack exchange site, in which questions and posed by "questioners/posters" and answers are submitted by "respondents/answers". Trying to find the most appropriate usage though. Cheers btw. – slotishtype Feb 17 '11 at 12:41
  • I agree with you, inquirer is the right word. Asker is not on the Cambridge dictionary – Hola Soy Edu Feliz Navidad Mar 31 '15 at 7:48

Sometimes they're called counselor and witness.

  • lol I love the twist on circumstance. Bravo sir. – WernerCD Feb 17 '11 at 18:00
  • Querent and Oracle have a similar bent. – neontapir Nov 8 '12 at 6:36

Asker and responder come to my mind first - these terms may be weird in your use case though, as I have a technical background.


Questioner and Answerer do work just fine in this context.

But other common ones, depending on context:

Questioner - asker, inquirer, querier, analyst, examiner, interrogator, investigator

I don't have any alternatives for answerer other than respondent


In addition to suggested ones, you may even use interviewee and interviewer in suitable context.

  • Asker and Askee ? – ADTC May 31 '16 at 9:33

Try a thesaurus: asker answerer. I like enquirer and respondent.


I use querent for the person asking questions. In the Stack Exchange context, the folks who answer questions are experts.


Very late update, but I believe the convention now to use OP (short for Original Poster) for the person asking the question?

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