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Meaning & Definition of Riddle in English

English

Riddle

/rɪdəl/

noun

1. A difficult problem

    synonym:
  • riddle
  • ,
  • conundrum
  • ,
  • enigma
  • ,
  • brain-teaser

2. A coarse sieve (as for gravel)

    synonym:
  • riddle

verb

1. Pierce with many holes

  • "The bullets riddled his body"
    synonym:
  • riddle

2. Set a difficult problem or riddle

  • "Riddle me a riddle"
    synonym:
  • riddle

3. Separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

    synonym:
  • riddle
  • ,
  • screen

4. Spread or diffuse through

  • "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"
  • "Music penetrated the entire building"
  • "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"
    synonym:
  • permeate
  • ,
  • pervade
  • ,
  • penetrate
  • ,
  • interpenetrate
  • ,
  • diffuse
  • ,
  • imbue
  • ,
  • riddle

5. Speak in riddles

    synonym:
  • riddle

6. Explain a riddle

    synonym:
  • riddle

Examples of using

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
If he could not answer the riddle, he would be eaten.