verb (used without object), rid·dled, rid·dling.
- rid of,
- ride down,
- ride for a fall,
- ride hellbent for leather
Origin of riddle1
verb (used with object), rid·dled, rid·dling.
Origin of riddle2
Examples from the Web for riddle
Dickinson did this as a game and a test—she loved riddles and turned herself into a riddle wrapped in her own lines.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The question, almost akin to a riddle, is certainly a relevant one to anybody in a creative field.
When Scott Kleinberg wrote about the riddle for The Chicago Tribune, he changed the answer.
Some will send paragraph-long descriptions of why the riddle is ‘flawed.’
“The riddle definitely helps people express their personality,” Strugnell concludes.
He said it over slowly, as one repeats the guessed answer to a riddle, doubtfully.Life in the Iron-Mills|Rebecca Harding Davis
With Nations it is as with individuals: Can they rede the riddle of Destiny?Past and Present|Thomas Carlyle
Much amazed, he went to Passy, taking Miss Edgeworth with him, and quietly awaited the solution of the riddle.Maria Edgeworth|Helen Zimmern
She was something of a riddle to him, and he let the subject drift away.Jude the Obscure|Thomas Hardy
It was a strange, weird little scene in the dim candle-light, and for a time Doris could make nothing of its riddle.The Slipper Point Mystery|Augusta Huiell Seaman
Word Origin for riddle
Word Origin for riddle
"A word game or joke, comprising a question or statement couched in deliberately puzzling terms, propounded for solving by the hearer/reader using clues embedded within that wording" [Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore], early 13c., from Old English rædels "riddle; counsel; conjecture; imagination; discussion," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian riedsal "riddle," Old Saxon radisli, Middle Dutch raetsel, Dutch raadsel, Old High German radisle, German Rätsel "riddle").
The first element is from Proto-Germanic *redaz-, from PIE *re-dh-, from PIE *re(1)- "to reason, count" (cf. Old English rædan "to advise, counsel, read, guess;" see read (v.)). The ending is Old English noun suffix -els, the -s of which later was mistaken for a plural affix and stripped off. Meaning "anything which puzzles or perplexes" is from late 14c.
"perforate with many holes," 1817 (implied in riddled), earlier "sift" (early 13c.), from Middle English ridelle "coarse sieve," from late Old English hriddel "sieve," altered by dissimilation from Old English hridder "sieve" (see riddle (n.2)).
"to pose as a riddle," 1570s, from riddle (n.1). Related: Riddled; riddler; riddling.
"coarse sieve," mid-14c., alteration of late Old English hriddel, dissimilated from hridder, from Proto-Germanic *hrida- (cf. German Reiter), from PIE root *krei- "to sieve," and thus related to Latin cribrum "sieve, riddle," Greek krinein "to separate, distinguish, decide" (see crisis).