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riddle

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noun rid·dle \ˈri-dəl\

Definition of riddle

  1. 1 :  a mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed :  conundrum, enigma

  2. 2 :  something or someone difficult to understand

Origin and Etymology of riddle

Middle English redels, ridel, from Old English rǣdelse opinion, conjecture, riddle; akin to Old English rǣdan to interpret — more at read


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of riddle

mystery, problem, enigma, riddle, puzzle mean something which baffles or perplexes. mystery applies to what cannot be fully understood by reason or less strictly to whatever resists or defies explanation <the mystery of the stone monoliths>. problem applies to a question or difficulty calling for a solution or causing concern <problems created by high technology>. enigma applies to utterance or behavior that is very difficult to interpret <his suicide remains an enigma>. riddle suggests an enigma or problem involving paradox or apparent contradiction <the riddle of the reclusive pop star>. puzzle applies to an enigma or problem that challenges ingenuity for its solution <the thief's motives were a puzzle for the police>.

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riddle

verb rid·dle

Definition of riddle

riddled

riddling

play \ˈrid-liŋ, ˈri-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to speak in or propound riddles

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to find the solution of :  explain

  5. 2 :  to set a riddle for :  puzzle

riddler

play \ˈrid-lər, ˈri-dəl-ər\ noun

1571

First Known Use of riddle

1571


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riddle

noun rid·dle

Definition of riddle

  1. :  a coarse sieve

Origin and Etymology 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


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riddle

verb rid·dle

Definition of riddle

riddled

riddling

play \ˈrid-liŋ, ˈri-dəl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to separate (as grain from chaff) with a riddle :  screen

  3. 2 :  to pierce with many holes <riddled the car with bullets>

  4. 3 :  to spread through :  permeate <a book riddled with errors>

13th Century

First Known Use of riddle

13th century

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RIDDLE Defined for Kids

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riddle

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noun rid·dle \ˈri-dəl\

Definition of riddle for Students

  1. 1 :  a puzzling question to be solved or answered by guessing

  2. 2 :  someone or something that is hard to understand <His strange behavior was a riddle.>


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riddle

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verb rid·dle

Definition of riddle for Students

riddled

riddling

  1. 1 :  to pierce with many holes <My umbrella was riddled by hailstones during the sudden storm.>

  2. 2 :  to fill with something unpleasant or unwanted <The report is riddled with errors.>



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