Learner's definition of QUESTION MARK
1 : the punctuation mark ? that is used after a direct question or to indicate that something (such as a birth date) is uncertain 2 a chiefly US : someone or something that causes feelings of doubt or uncertainty
The future of the company remains a question mark. [=no one knows what will happen in the company's future]
His leg is still sore and he remains a question mark for next week's game. [=it is not certain that he will be able to play in next week's game]
The team's pitching is a big question mark this season.
◊ If there is a question mark over something, there is doubt about it.