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riddle

noun (n)

  • a difficult problem (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • a coarse sieve (as for gravel) (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • pierce with many holes (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The bullets riddled his body.
    source: wordnet30
  • set a difficult problem or riddle (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    Riddle me a riddle.
    source: wordnet30
  • separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff (verb.contact)
    Synonym: screen
    source: wordnet30
  • spread or diffuse through (verb.contact)
    Example:
    His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks.
    source: wordnet30
  • speak in riddles (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • explain a riddle (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To explain; to solve; to unriddle. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To speak ambiguously or enigmatically. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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