- a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper.
- anything that puzzles.
Origin of conundrum
Related Words for conundrumriddle, mystery, enigma, puzzlement, poser, mystification, problem, why, brain-teaser
Examples from the Web for conundrum
Contemporary Examples of conundrum
This Fourth of July conundrum was addressed all the way back in 1907, in the esteemed medical journal JAMA.How Not to Blow Yourself Up on July 4th
July 3, 2014
The Burger Chef conundrum leads to another poignant exchange between the two lost souls.Mad Men’s ‘The Strategy,’ With Peggy and Don’s Late-Night Powwow, is S7’s Best Episode (So Far)
May 19, 2014
Compounding the conundrum further is the fact that many cellphones allow direct access to information in remote cloud storage.Can Government Call the Shots on Cellphone Privacy?
April 30, 2014
The result is a conundrum for the Republican Party where there is no clear middle ground.Even a Path to Citizenship for Military Volunteers Is Too Much for House Republicans
April 7, 2014
This conundrum is referred to with the awful acronym of DURC, for “dual use research of concern.”The Deadliest Botox Has Arrived
October 18, 2013
Historical Examples of conundrum
"This is obviously a conundrum," said Yates, ticking off the items on his four fingers.In the Midst of Alarms
This may be a good solution, viewing the problem as a conundrum: but it is not scientific.A Tangled Tale
Brainerd lay sleeping near me, and I thought of his comment, 'A conundrum?'Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
"Give you my honor I thought it was a conundrum," says Henry Darley.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
And my conundrum was, Had I lectured my curate, or had my curate lectured me?My New Curate
- a riddle, esp one whose answer makes a play on words
- a puzzling question or problem
Word Origin for conundrum
Word Origin and History for conundrum
1590s, Oxford University slang for "pedant," also "whim," etc., later (1790) "riddle, puzzle." Also spelled quonundrum. The sort of ponderous pseudo-Latin word that was once the height of humor in learned circles.