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Meaning of RIDDLE

Pronunciation:  'ridl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a coarse sieve (as for gravel)
  2. [n]  a difficult problem
  3. [v]  set a riddle
  4. [v]  explain a riddle
  5. [v]  speak in riddles
  6. [v]  pierce many times; "The bullets riddled his body"
  7. [v]  separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

RIDDLE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: brain-teaser, conundrum, enigma, screen
 See Also: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, communicate, dumbfound, figure out, flummox, get, gravel, intercommunicate, lick, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pierce, pose, problem, puzzle, puzzle out, screen, sieve, sieve, sift, solve, strain, stupefy, vex, work, work out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rid"dle\, n. [OE. ridil, AS. hridder; akin to G. reiter,
    L. cribrum, and to Gr. ??? to distinguish, separate, and G.
    rein clean. See {Crisis}, {Certain}.]
    1. 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. A board having a row of pins, set zigzag, between which
       wire is drawn to straighten it.
  2. \Rid"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Riddled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to
       pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or
    2. To perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many
       holes in; as, a house riddled with shot.
  3. \Rid"dle\, n. [For riddels, s being misunderstood as the
    plural ending; OE. ridels, redels. AS. r?dels; akin to D.
    raadsel, G. r["a]thsel; fr. AS. r?dan to counsel or advise,
    also, to guess. [root]116. Cf. {Read}.]
    Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a
    puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma;
    hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling.
          To wring from me, and tell to them, my secret, That
          solved the riddle which I had proposed.  --Milton.
          'T was a strange riddle of a lady.       --Hudibras.
  4. \Rid"dle\, v. t.
    To explain; to solve; to unriddle.
          Riddle me this, and guess him if you can. --Dryden.
  5. \Rid"dle\, v. i.
    To speak ambiguously or enigmatically. ``Lysander riddels
    very prettily.'' --Shak.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. hodah). The oldest and, strictly speaking, the only example of a riddle was that propounded by Samson (Judg. 14:12-18). The parabolic prophecy in Ezek. 17:2-18 is there called a "riddle." It was rather, however, an allegory. The word "darkly" in 1 Cor. 13:12 is the rendering of the Greek enigma; marg., "in a riddle."