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verb (used with object), un·rid·dled, un·rid·dling.
  1. to solve (a riddle, mystery, etc.).

Origin of unriddle

First recorded in 1580–90; un-2 + riddle1
Related formsun·rid·dler, noun
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Examples from the Web for unriddle

Historical Examples

  • But bethink you of them, and you will unriddle them for yourself, perhaps.

    Bardelys the Magnificent

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Most of these letters were parables, but parables which it was not difficult to unriddle.

  • He got up and tried to open the door, but the handle was a mystery which he could not unriddle.

    The Big Otter

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • But I've no time to try to unriddle it now, and you'll never get as far as this, I expect.

  • Who knows better than you, Marquis, what enigmas they are to unriddle?

British Dictionary definitions for unriddle


  1. (tr) to solve or puzzle out
Derived Formsunriddler, noun

Word Origin

C16: from un- ² + riddle 1
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