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riddle (problem)

Definition:

a difficult problem

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

riddles

Type of:

problem » question » subject » message

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

[noun] "A word game ot joke, comprising a question or statement couched in ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of riddle...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

conundrum

a riddle, especially one whose answer makes a play on words | a puzzling question or problem (16 of 456 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/conundrum

Wikipedia:

Conundrum [disambiguation]

may refer to: A riddle whose answer is or involves a pun or unexpected twist | A logical postulation that evades resolution, an intricate and difficult problem | Conundrum (Doctor Who), a 1994 original novel written by Steve Lyons | Conundrum (novel),... (39 of 209 words, 15 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Conundrum

Merriam-Webster:

conundrum | closed book [synonym, sense-specific] | mystery [synonym, sense-specific] | enigma [synonym, sense-specific] | head-scratcher [synonym, sense-specific] | mystification [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzle [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzlement [synonym, sense-specific] | riddle [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun | a question or problem having only a conjectural answer ; an intricate and difficult problem (24 of 202 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/conundrum

Oxford Dictionary:

conundrum | conundrums [plural]

a confusing and difficult problem or question | a question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle. (22 of 102 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/conundrum

Wiktionary:

conundrum | conundrums [plural] | conundra [plural] | brain-teaser [synonym, sense-specific] | enigma [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzle [synonym, sense-specific] | riddle [synonym, sense-specific] | dilemma [synonym, sense-specific]

A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer. | A difficult choice or decision that must be made. (24 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/conundrum

Macmillan British Dictionary:

conundrum [countable] | conundrums [plural]

a difficult problem that seems to have no solution | a question asked as a trick that is answered by using words in a surprising way (25 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/conundrum

New World Dictionary:

conundrum

a riddle whose answer contains a pun (Ex.: "What's the difference between a jeweler and a jailer?""One sells watches and the other watches cells.") | ... (24 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conundrum

American Heritage Dictionary:

conundrum

A riddle in which a fanciful question is answered by a pun. | A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma (20 of 41 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conundrum

Cambridge Dictionary:

conundrum

a problem that is difficult to deal with | a trick question, often involving a humorous use of words that have two meanings (22 of 41 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/conundrum

Random House Dictionary:

conundrum

a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as "What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper". | anything that puzzles. (28 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/conundrum

Britannica Encyclopedia:

riddle

deliberately enigmatic or ambiguous question requiring a thoughtful and often witty answer. The riddle is a form of guessing game that has been a part ... (25 of 543 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/503047​/riddle

Columbia Encyclopedia:

riddle

puzzling question, specifically one that consists of a fanciful description or definition of something to be guessed. A famous riddle was asked by the ... (24 of 191 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0841864​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

conundrum | conundrums [plural]

something that is puzzling or confusing | a riddle, especially one with an answer in the form of a play on words (21 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600041​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

riddle

Origin: [noun] "A word game ot joke, comprising a question or statement couched in ... | [verb] "perforate with many holes", 1817 (implied in riddled), ... (23 of 141 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=riddle

Wiktionary:

riddle | riddles [plural] | riddled [past tense] | riddling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English redel, redels, from Old English rǣdels, rǣdelse ("counsel", "opinion", ... | Middle English riddil, ridelle ("sieve") from Old English {{term|hriddel||sieve", alteration of earlier... (26 of 91 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/riddle

New World Dictionary:

riddle | riddled [past tense] | riddling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English ridil from Old English rædels, akin to rædan, to guess, "read" | Middle English ridil from Old English ... (19 of 42 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/riddle

American Heritage Dictionary:

riddle | riddled [past tense] | riddling [present participle] | riddles [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English ridelen, to sift, from riddil, ... | Middle English redels, from Old English rǣdels; see ar- in Indo-European roots. (20 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/riddle

Collins Dictionary:

riddle

Origin: Old English rǣdelle, rǣdelse, from rǣd counsel; related to Old Saxon rādislo, German Rätsel | Old English hriddel a ... (18 of 27 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/riddle

Merriam-Webster:

riddle [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English redels, ridel, from Old English rǣdelse opinion, conjecture, riddle; akin to Old English rǣdan to interpret

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/riddle

riddle [entry 3, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English riddil, from Old English hriddel; akin to Latin cribrum sieve, cernere to sift

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/riddle show=2

Oxford Dictionary:

riddle [entry 1] | speak

Origin: Old English rǣdels, rǣdelse "opinion, conjecture, riddle"; related to Dutch raadsel, German Rätsel, also to "read"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/riddle

riddle [entry 2]

Origin: late Old English hriddel, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin cribrum "sieve", cernere "separate", and ... (19 of 22 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/riddle--2

Encarta Dictionary:

riddle [entry 1] | riddles [plural] | riddled [past tense] | riddling [present participle]

Origin: Old English rǣdels from Indo-European

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702681​/definition​.html  [offline]

riddle [entry 2] | riddles [plural] | riddled [past tense] | riddling [present participle]

Origin: Old English hriddel "sieve", alteration of hridder from Indo-European, "to sort"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702682​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

riddle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "riddle"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/riddle

Macmillan American Dictionary:

riddle [countable] | riddles [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "riddle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/riddle

riddle [transitive, verb] | riddled [past tense] | riddling [present participle] | riddles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "riddle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/riddle 8

Macmillan British Dictionary:

riddle [countable] | riddles [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "riddle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/riddle

riddle [transitive, verb] | riddled [past tense] | riddling [present participle] | riddles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "riddle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/riddle 8

Cambridge Dictionary:

riddle [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "riddle"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "riddle"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/riddle 1

the Free Dictionary:

riddle

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "riddle"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "riddle"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "riddle" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/riddle

Google Dictionary:

riddle | riddles [plural] | riddled [past tense] | riddling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "riddle"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

riddle

Audio: North American pronunciation of "riddle"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=riddle​01 word=riddle

YourDictionary Audio:

riddle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "riddle" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/riddle

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