riddle


riddle
riddle
riddle1 [rid′'l]
n.
[ME ridil < OE rædels, akin to rædan, to guess, READ1]
1. a problem or puzzle in the form of a question, statement, etc. so formulated that some ingenuity is required to solve or answer it; conundrum
2. any puzzling, perplexing, or apparently inexplicable person or thing, as a difficult problem or enigmatic saying; enigma
vt.
riddled, riddling
to solve or explain (a riddle)
vi.
to propound riddles; speak enigmatically
SYN.- MYSTERY1
riddle2 [rid′'l]
n.
[ME ridil < OE hriddel, earlier hridder < base of hridrian, to sift, winnow, akin to Ger reiter < IE base * (s)ker-, to cut, separate > HARVEST]
a coarse sieve for grading gravel, separating chaff from grain, etc.
vt.
riddled, riddling
1. to sift through such a sieve
2.
a) to make many holes in, as by a burst of buckshot; puncture throughout
b) to find and show flaws in; criticize and disprove
c) to affect every part of; spread throughout [riddled with errors]

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