What does conundrum mean?

Definitions for conundrumkəˈnʌn drəm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word conundrum.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    a difficult problem


  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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conundrum

    kon-un′drum, n. a sort of riddle containing some odd or fanciful resemblance between things quite unlike: any puzzling question. [Ety. dub.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conundrum in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conundrum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Holland:

    This reflects a genuine governance conundrum.

  2. Kevin Caron:

    The market is back to its original conundrum, which is' where is the growth ? ,'.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Translations for conundrum

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • لغزArabic
  • 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
  • معماPersian
  • kompakysymys, kompa, pulma, arvoitusFinnish
  • casse-tête, problème, dilemme, énigmeFrench
  • rejtvény, dilemma, találós kérdésHungarian
  • առեղծված, գլուխկոտրուկ, հանելուկArmenian
  • teka-tekiIndonesian
  • enigma, dilemma, rompicapoItalian
  • Japanese
  • თავსატეხიGeorgian
  • conundrumLatin
  • dilemma, raadsel, hersenbrekerDutch
  • zagadkaPolish
  • adivinha, dilemaPortuguese
  • головоломка, дилемма, загадкаRussian
  • dilemmaSwedish
  • muamma, bilmeceTurkish

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