a question or statement so framed as to exercise one's ingenuity in answering it or discovering its meaning; conundrum.
a puzzling question, problem, or matter.
a puzzling thing or person.
any enigmatic or dark saying or speech.
to propound riddles; speak enigmatically.
Other definitions for riddle (2 of 2)
to pierce with many holes, suggesting those of a sieve: to riddle the target.
to fill or affect with (something undesirable, weakening, etc.): a government riddled with graft.
to impair or refute completely by persistent verbal attacks: to riddle a person's reputation.
to sift through a riddle, as gravel; screen.
a coarse sieve, as one for sifting sand in a foundry.
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How to use riddle in a sentence
The findings offer a possible solution to an outstanding riddle about the recent history of climate change.Earth used to be cooler than we thought, which changes our math on global warming | Philip Kiefer | January 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
Such were the famous riddle of the Sphinx and the riddling answers of the ancient oracles.
They bore holes right through it, riddling it completely with numerous storeys of horizontal galleries.The Insect World | Louis Figuier
Thus by beating, stamping, and riddling in water, the stony substances are in a great measure separated.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
This operation by the hand-sieve, is called riddling in the tub, or riddling by deposit.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
He was doubly damned, for he had made truth a mere sport of intellectual riddling.Where the Blue Begins | Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for riddle (1 of 2)
a question, puzzle, or verse so phrased that ingenuity is required for elucidation of the answer or meaning; conundrum
a person or thing that puzzles, perplexes, or confuses; enigma
to solve, explain, or interpret (a riddle or riddles)
(intr) to speak in riddles
- riddler, noun
British Dictionary definitions for riddle (2 of 2)
(usually foll by with) to pierce or perforate with numerous holes: riddled with bullets
to damage or impair
to put through a sieve; sift
to fill or pervade: the report was riddled with errors
a sieve, esp a coarse one used for sand, grain, etc
- riddler, noun
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