Definitions for conundrumkəˈnʌn drəm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teaser(noun)

    a difficult problem

Wiktionary

  1. conundrum(Noun)

    A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer.

  2. conundrum(Noun)

    A difficult choice or decision that must be made.

  3. Origin: A word of unknown origin, probably coined in burlesque imitation of scholastic Latin, as “hocus-pocus” or “panjandrum.”

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conundrum(noun)

    a kind of riddle based upon some fanciful or fantastic resemblance between things quite unlike; a puzzling question, of which the answer is or involves a pun

  2. Conundrum(noun)

    a question to which only a conjectural answer can be made

  3. Origin: [Origin unknown.]

Freebase

  1. Conundrum

    Conundrum is an original novel written by Steve Lyons and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Lyons, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #208. This novel is the fourth book in the "Alternate Universe cycle" which continues until No Future.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Holland:

    This reflects a genuine governance conundrum.

  2. Jacob Hornberger:

    It ’s your classic conundrum, whether the Congress should swallow the bad in order to get the good. It ’s time to get beyond fighting in the weeds here.

  3. Nathan Bradley:

    To do that you need an email address. You know, the main person is the grandmother who has no Internet access at that, let alone an email. So I am in a conundrum, I guess you could call it.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    I've gotten kind of used to it but it does sort of still pose this conundrum: How is a woman supposed to behave? Well how about the way she is and then people should figure out her instead of her having to figure out everybody else.

  5. Geoffrey Neighor:

    I've been thinking about that old Zen conundrum what's the sound of one hand clapping My personal opinion--nothing. You don't have two hands, you don't have any clapping. It's as simple as that. Stars, galaxies, clapping hands, what's the point The point is that we all need somebody, whether you're a supercluster or a little proton, a yin or a yang. Everybody is hooked into everybody else.

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  • башватҡыс, йомаҡBashkir
  • загадка, гатанкаBulgarian
  • hádankaCzech
  • gåde, ordgåde, hovedbrudDanish
  • Qual der Wahl, Rätsel, Vexierfrage, Rätselfrage, Entscheidungsfrage, Scherzfrage, Frage, DilemmaGerman
  • σπαζοκεφαλιά, αίνιγμα, δίλημμα, γρίφοςGreek
  • acertijo, enigma, interrogante, dilema, adivinanzaSpanish
  • kompakysymys, kompa, pulma, arvoitusFinnish
  • casse-tête, problème, dilemme, énigmeFrench
  • rejtvény, dilemma, találós kérdésHungarian
  • առեղծված, գլուխկոտրուկ, հանելուկArmenian
  • teka-tekiIndonesian
  • enigma, dilemma, rompicapoItalian
  • თავსატეხიGeorgian
  • dilemma, raadsel, hersenbrekerDutch
  • adivinha, dilemaPortuguese
  • головоломка, дилемма, загадкаRussian
  • dilemmaSwedish
  • muamma, bilmeceTurkish

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