Riddle meaning

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A question or statement requiring thought to answer or understand; a conundrum.
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The definition of a riddle is a problem that is difficult to solve or that has no clear answer.

An example of a riddle is an unexplained situation.

An example of a riddle is the question: "What is the shortest sentence in English." The answer is "I am."

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Any puzzling, perplexing, or apparently inexplicable person or thing, as a difficult problem or enigmatic saying; enigma.
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To solve or explain (a riddle)
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To propound riddles; speak enigmatically.
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A coarse sieve for grading gravel, separating chaff from grain, etc.
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To sift through such a sieve.
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To make many holes in; puncture throughout.

A body riddled with bullets.

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To affect every part of.

A book riddled with errors.

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To pierce with numerous holes; perforate.

Riddle a target with bullets.

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To spread throughout.
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A coarse sieve, as for gravel.
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One that is perplexing; an enigma.
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To solve or explain.
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To propound or solve riddles.
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To fill with holes.

The shots from his gun began to riddle the target.

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To fill or spread throughout; to pervade.

Your argument is riddled with errors.

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To put something through a sieve.

You have to riddle the gravel before you lay it on the road.

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A city in Oregon.
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To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
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To speak in riddles.
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A problem or puzzle in the form of a question, statement, etc. so formulated that some ingenuity is required to solve or answer it.
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A verbal puzzle, mystery, or other problem of an intellectual nature.

"Here's a riddle: It's black, and white, and red all over. What is it?"

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To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.
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To solve, answer, or explicate a riddle or question.

Riddle me this, meaning Answer the following question.

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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.
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A board with a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it.
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Origin of riddle

  • Middle English ridelen to sift from riddil sieve from Old English hriddel krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English redels from Old English rǣdels ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English riddil, ridelle (“sieve") from Old English hriddel (“sieve"), alteration of earlier hridder, hrÄ«der from Proto-Germanic *hridÄ… (“sieve"), from Proto-Germanic *hrid- (“to shake"), from Proto-Indo-European *krey-. Akin to German Reiter (“sieve"), Old Norse hreinn (“pure, clean"), Old High German hreini (“pure, clean"), Gothic 𐌷𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍃 (hrains, “clean, pure"). More at rinse.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English redel, redels, from Old English rÇ£dels, rÇ£delse (“counsel", "opinion", "imagination", "riddle"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ“dislijÄ… (“counsel, conjecture"). Akin to Old Saxon rādisli (Dutch raadsel), Old High German rādisle (German Rätsel (“riddle")), Old English rÇ£dan (“to read, advise, interpret").

    From Wiktionary