Definitions for riddleˈrɪd l

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    a difficult problem

  2. riddle(verb)

    a coarse sieve (as for gravel)

  3. riddle(verb)

    pierce with many holes

    "The bullets riddled his body"

  4. riddle(verb)

    set a difficult problem or riddle

    "riddle me a riddle"

  5. riddle, screen(verb)

    separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

  6. permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle(verb)

    spread or diffuse through

    "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"; "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"

  7. riddle(verb)

    speak in riddles

  8. riddle(verb)

    explain a riddle

Webster Dictionary

  1. Riddle(noun)

    a sieve with coarse meshes, usually of wire, for separating coarser materials from finer, as chaff from grain, cinders from ashes, or gravel from sand

  2. Riddle(noun)

    a board having a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it

  3. Riddle(verb)

    to separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel

  4. Riddle(verb)

    to perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many holes in; as, a house riddled with shot

  5. Riddle(noun)

    something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling

  6. Riddle(verb)

    to explain; to solve; to unriddle

  7. Riddle(verb)

    to speak ambiguously or enigmatically

  8. Origin: [OE. ridil, AS. hridder; akin to G. reiter, L. cribrum, and to Gr. kri`nein to distinguish, separate, and G. rein clean. See Crisis, Certain.]


  1. Riddle

    A riddle is a statement or question or phrase having a double or veiled meaning, put forth as a puzzle to be solved. Riddles are of two types: enigmas, which are problems generally expressed in metaphorical or allegorical language that require ingenuity and careful thinking for their solution, and conundra, which are questions relying for their effects on punning in either the question or the answer.

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