rid·​den | \ ˈri-dᵊn How to pronounce ridden (audio) \

Definition of ridden

1 : harassed, oppressed, or obsessed by usually used in combination guilt-riddendebt-ridden
2 : excessively full of or supplied with usually used in combination slum-ridden

Examples of ridden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the 12th outbreak in conflict-ridden Congo since the virus was first discovered in the country in 1976, and comes less than three months after an outbreak in the western province of Equateur, officially ended in November. Time, "Congo Is Working to Stop a New Ebola Outbreak While Facing a Resurgence of COVID-19," 8 Feb. 2021 For generations, the area was poor, run-down and crime-ridden. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Moynihan Train Hall: It’s Stunning. And, a First Step.," 11 Jan. 2021 Tapered boards are floaty in pow but more stubborn when ridden switch. Drew Zieff, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Snowboards You Can Buy Right Now," 7 Dec. 2020 This November, Thanksgiving feels particularly ghost-ridden and incomplete. Washington Post, "Thanksgiving is a time to grieve, read and remember. Two new books capture the mood.," 25 Nov. 2020 Sriwijaya Air, founded in 2003 during a boom in Indonesian aviation, was debt-ridden even before the pandemic struck. New York Times, "Indonesia Crash Thwarts Push to Rehabilitate Country’s Airlines," 10 Jan. 2021 Demand for motor fuel is also currently higher than last year in India and Brazil, though both are still plague-ridden. Daniel Yergin, WSJ, "The Oil Industry Is Stuck in Virus Alley," 29 Dec. 2020 They were developed by alumni from the Tuskegee Institute as a safe alternative in a crime-ridden area. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Violence has plagued this housing complex for nearly 50 years. Nobody knows how to fix it.," 23 Nov. 2020 For those of us hoping to end the four-year-long waking nightmare that was the Trump presidency, Election Day will be anxiety-ridden. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Designers Share Their Election Night Plans—Think: Zooms, Games, and Plenty of Wine," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of ridden

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Feb 2021

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“Ridden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridden. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ridden

: filled with or containing something unpleasant or unwanted


rid·​den | \ ˈrid-ᵊn How to pronounce ridden (audio) \

Kids Definition of ridden

: extremely concerned with or burdened by guilt-ridden poverty-ridden

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