Definition of Riddle

1. Noun. A difficult problem.

Exact synonyms: Brain-teaser, Conundrum, Enigma
Generic synonyms: Problem

2. Verb. Pierce with many holes. "The bullets riddled his body"
Generic synonyms: Pierce

3. Noun. A coarse sieve (as for gravel).
Generic synonyms: Screen, Sieve

4. Verb. Set a difficult problem or riddle. "Riddle me a riddle"

5. Verb. Separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff.
Exact synonyms: Screen
Generic synonyms: Sieve, Sift, Strain
Derivative terms: Screen

6. Verb. Spread or diffuse through. "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"

7. Verb. Speak in riddles.
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Intercommunicate

8. Verb. Explain a riddle.
Generic synonyms: Figure Out, Lick, Puzzle Out, Solve, Work, Work Out

Definition of Riddle

1. n. A sieve with coarse meshes, usually of wire, for separating coarser materials from finer, as chaff from grain, cinders from ashes, or gravel from sand.

2. v. t. To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel.

3. n. Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling.

4. v. t. To explain; to solve; to unriddle.

5. v. i. To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.

Definition of Riddle

1. Noun. A verbal puzzle, mystery, or other problem of an intellectual nature, such as "It's black, and white, and red all over. What is it?" ¹

2. Verb. To speak ambiguously or enigmatically. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To solve, answer, or explicate a riddle or question ¹

4. Noun. A sieve. ¹

5. Verb. To fill with holes. ¹

6. Verb. To fill or spread throughout; to pervade. ¹

7. Verb. To put something through a sieve ¹

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Definition of Riddle

1. to pierce with many holes [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Riddle

rid of
rid out
rid up
ridden hard and put away wet
riddle (current term)
riddle canon
riddle me this
riddle stick
riddle sticks
ride a horse foaled by an acorn
ride along

Literary usage of Riddle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Walter Malins Rose, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, LEXIS Law Publishing (1901)
"The second plea, after protesting as in the first plea, avers, that riddle came to the defendant and asked him whether Welsh had not applied to him, Moss, ..."

2. The Quarterly Review by John Gibson Lockhart, George Walter Prothero, William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Baron Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, Sir William Smith (1906)
"Who knows but that such methods, employed by one so specially gifted, might not have solved the riddle of music, and thereby explained the how and why of ..."

3. A History of Nursery Rhymes by Percy B. Green (1899)
"CHAPTER Vlll. riddle-MAKING. riddle-MAKING is not left alone by the purveyors of nursery yarns, though belonging .to the mythologic state of thought The ..."

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