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 Incumbent and scandal-ridden Attorney General Ken Paxton defeated Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the Republicans’ AG runoff, 67 percent to 33 percent. Mark Murray, NBC News, 25 May 2022 From the moment Uncut Gems begins, viewers become fully immersed in the anxiety-ridden story of a New York City jeweler (Adam Sandler) with a gambling problem and a lot of debts—all of which come crashing down on him at once. Lucia Tonelli, Town & Country, 31 May 2022 Two subways always coexist in our imagination: the actual subway—filthy, malodorous, rodent-ridden, and all the rest, but always running—and the subway as it is thematized and made iconic, by movies and television and the tabloids. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2022 Ma Aeint pleaded not guilty to the charges and had legal representation at the hearing at a prison court, held within the notoriously overcrowded and disease-ridden Insein Prison, near Yangon (formerly Rangoon). Patrick Frater, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 Sadly, a recent surge in violent crimes in New York and other large American cities may be a sign of a return to that crime-ridden era. Paul Callan, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 And, for the love of god, any app offering in the world instead of Apple’s problem-ridden Podcasts app. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 Apr. 2022 Smith remembers seeing mange-ridden vicuñas in a snowstorm, exposed to the elements and unable to walk to shelter. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2022 But the uptown good taste that was synonymous with a certain kind of New York designer seems increasingly irrelevant; a relic of a less crisis-ridden era. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ridden

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jun 2022

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“Ridden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridden. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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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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