riddle


1rid·dle

noun \ˈri-dəl\

Definition of RIDDLE

1
:  a mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed :  conundrum, enigma
2
:  something or someone difficult to understand

Origin of RIDDLE

Middle English redels, ridel, from Old English ̄delse opinion, conjecture, riddle; akin to Old English ̄dan to interpret — more at read
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with RIDDLE

2riddle

verb
rid·dledrid·dling \ˈrid-liŋ, ˈri-dəl-iŋ\

Definition of RIDDLE

intransitive verb
:  to speak in or propound riddles
transitive verb
1
:  to find the solution of :  explain
2
:  to set a riddle for :  puzzle
rid·dler \ˈrid-lər, ˈri-dəl-ər\ noun

First Known Use of RIDDLE

1571

Rhymes with RIDDLE

3riddle

noun

Definition of RIDDLE

:  a coarse sieve

Origin of RIDDLE

Middle English riddil, from Old English hriddel; akin to Latin cribrum sieve, cernere to sift — more at certain
First Known Use: before 12th century

4riddle

verb
rid·dledrid·dling \ˈrid-liŋ, ˈri-dəl-iŋ\

Definition of RIDDLE

transitive verb
1
:  to separate (as grain from chaff) with a riddle :  screen
2
:  to pierce with many holes <riddled the car with bullets>
3
:  to spread through :  permeate <a book riddled with errors>

First Known Use of RIDDLE

13th century

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riddle

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Deliberately enigmatic or ambiguous question requiring a thoughtful and often witty answer. The riddle is a form of guessing game that has been a part of the folklore of most cultures from ancient times. Western scholars generally recognize two main kinds of riddle: the descriptive riddle, usually describing an animal, person, plant, or object in an intentionally enigmatic manner (thus an egg is “a little white house without door or window”); and the shrewd or witty question. A classical Greek example of the latter type is “What is the strongest of all things?”—“Love: iron is strong, but the blacksmith is stronger, and love can subdue the blacksmith.”

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