I've asked this question to garner consensus about what we should do with questions that are completely answered by a dictionary definition. This question, for example. (Reproduced here because the question has since been deleted)
I am reading a TOEFL paragraph and I the passage is starting with this sentence :
The scholarly method involves careful analysis and interpretation of information.
what does scholarly mean? universal ? educated ? or something else?
If a question requires a dictionary definition as a supplement, that's something else entirely. But if the entirety of a question is "what does this word mean" then I think these questions are off-topic, as the OP should just look the word up themselves.
Now if they look the word up, still don't understand, and post a question explaining this and asking for clarification, that's something else. But in the example question, a definition is the only answer that's necessary. I didn't even post an answer containing the definition, just left a comment with the dictionary link, because I don't think these questions ought to be answered.
So! I'd love to hear opinions and ideas. We need to define what is and isn't on-topic for the site, and I think this is a great place to start. Thoughts?
Also, counterexample of an excellent question which asks for the meaning of the word but is thoroughly researched and has already looked up the definition. This question should of course not be closed.