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What's a proper but simple one-word description of a person to whom a question is being asked?


Addressee is the usual technical term for anyone being talked to, without regard to whether the talking involves a question, a statement, an order, a promise, or whatever. I don't know of any that specifically refer to questions, though.

Questionee and interrogatee are grotesque hapax legomena that call attention to themselves, and to the pomposity of their user. Use the person's name instead, if you know it, or find a more comfortable term to refer to them with.

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    +1 for using the phrase "grotesque hapax legomena," which calls attention to itself... – James McLeod Jul 5 '12 at 19:05
  • Questionee appears (now at least) to be a grotesque ex-hapax legomena. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 27 '16 at 22:15

Merriam-Webster has questionee:

one that is questioned

and Dictionary.com and Wiktionary have interrogatee.

Though these are uncommon words, I believe their meanings are clear enough for them to be useful in apt circumstances.

I'd prefer a word like respondent, though, if the questionee actually responds.

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  • Thanks, Daniel. Respondent is useful, but I'm trying to properly identify people in a database I'm developing. I think 'questionee' will work fine for my purposes. I checked Dictionary.com and it wasn't in there, but since one respected source lists it, that's fine with me. I couldn't add it as a tag 'cause I'm a newbie to this site, but feel free to add it if you want - ya never know when someone else might make use of it! – monbois Jul 5 '12 at 14:31
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    Please be careful with your sources: Dictionary.com uses Merriam-Webster, and Wiktionary is not a separate dictionary, since its definitions often come from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (verbatim, in this case)! I'm happy you gave links, though, and your answer is good. – Translator1983 Jul 5 '12 at 14:37
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    @Translator1983 Thanks for the remarks - I think that the words stand well on their own merits (being common words with a common ending), so I wasn't super picky about the dictionaries. But you're right about being careful. – Daniel Jul 5 '12 at 14:43

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