Definition of ridden
1 : harassed, oppressed, or obsessed by —usually used in combination guilt-ridden debt-ridden
2 : excessively full of or supplied with —usually used in combination slum-ridden
Recent Examples of ridden from the Web
Rusted water towers and cars, small abandoned homes with sagging roofs and peeling paint, barren fields covered in yellowish grass and tetanus-ridden wire fences—everything about Battlegrounds suggests death and ruin.
Baby Driver lives with an old and wheelchair-ridden black man who is also hearing- and speech-impaired.
Evan Turner was paid a whopping $70 million over four years, as was the injury-ridden Joakim Noah.
Enter Mercer Mann, a young, debt-ridden novelist with serious writer’s block and family ties to Camino Island and the resort town of Santa Rosa.
Counterdemonstrators chanted expletive-ridden slogans denouncing Trump.
Provide for reburial of remains exhumed from the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a scandal-ridden institution closed by the state.
Yet being guilt-ridden does not equate to being humble (never a German strong suit).
Two crime-ridden motels on East 87th Street in south Kansas City have been demolished, as development of Cerner’s giant office campus continues.
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First Known Use of ridden
RIDDEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ridden for English Language Learners
: filled with or containing something unpleasant or unwanted
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Definition of ridden for Students
: extremely concerned with or burdened by guilt-ridden poverty-ridden
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