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rid·dle 1

 (rĭd′l)
tr.v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
1. To pierce with numerous holes; perforate: riddle a target with bullets.
2. To spread throughout: "Election campaigns have always been riddled with demagogy and worse" (New Republic).
3. To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
n.
A coarse sieve, as for gravel.

[Middle English ridelen, to sift, from riddil, sieve, from Old English hriddel; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

rid′dler n.

rid·dle 2

 (rĭd′l)
n.
1. A question or statement requiring thought to answer or understand; a conundrum.
2. One that is perplexing; an enigma.
v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
v.tr.
To solve or explain.
v.intr.
1. To propound or solve riddles.
2. To speak in riddles.

[Middle English redels, from Old English rǣdels; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

rid′dler n.

riddle

(ˈrɪdəl)
n
1. a question, puzzle, or verse so phrased that ingenuity is required for elucidation of the answer or meaning; conundrum
2. a person or thing that puzzles, perplexes, or confuses; enigma
vb
3. to solve, explain, or interpret (a riddle or riddles)
4. (intr) to speak in riddles
[Old English rǣdelle, rǣdelse, from rǣd counsel; related to Old Saxon rādislo, German Rätsel]
ˈriddler n

riddle

(ˈrɪdəl)
vb (tr)
1. (usually foll by with) to pierce or perforate with numerous holes: riddled with bullets.
2. to damage or impair
3. to put through a sieve; sift
4. to fill or pervade: the report was riddled with errors.
n
(Tools) a sieve, esp a coarse one used for sand, grain, etc
[Old English hriddel a sieve, variant of hridder; related to Latin crībrum sieve]
ˈriddler n

rid•dle1

(ˈrɪd l)

n., v. -dled, -dling. n.
1. a question framed so as to exercise one's ingenuity in answering it or discovering its meaning; conundrum.
2. a puzzling question, problem, or matter.
3. a puzzling thing or person.
v.i.
4. to propound riddles; speak enigmatically.
[before 1000; Middle English redel(s) (n.), Old English rǣdels(e) counsel, opinion, riddle =rǣd(an) to counsel, rede + -els(e) deverbal n. suffix; loss of -s- in Middle English through confusion with the pl. form of the n. suffix -el -le (compare burial)]

rid•dle2

(ˈrɪd l)

v. -dled, -dling,
n. v.t.
1. to pierce with many holes suggesting those of a sieve.
2. to fill or affect with (something undesirable): a government riddled with graft.
3. to sift through a riddle, as gravel; screen.
n.
4. a coarse sieve, as one for sifting sand in a foundry.
[before 1100; (n.) Middle English riddil, Old English hriddel, variant of hridder, hrīder, c. German Reiter; akin to Latin crībrum sieve; (v.) Middle English ridlen to sift, derivative of the n.]

riddle


Past participle: riddled
Gerund: riddling

Imperative
riddle
riddle
Present
I riddle
you riddle
he/she/it riddles
we riddle
you riddle
they riddle
Preterite
I riddled
you riddled
he/she/it riddled
we riddled
you riddled
they riddled
Present Continuous
I am riddling
you are riddling
he/she/it is riddling
we are riddling
you are riddling
they are riddling
Present Perfect
I have riddled
you have riddled
he/she/it has riddled
we have riddled
you have riddled
they have riddled
Past Continuous
I was riddling
you were riddling
he/she/it was riddling
we were riddling
you were riddling
they were riddling
Past Perfect
I had riddled
you had riddled
he/she/it had riddled
we had riddled
you had riddled
they had riddled
Future
I will riddle
you will riddle
he/she/it will riddle
we will riddle
you will riddle
they will riddle
Future Perfect
I will have riddled
you will have riddled
he/she/it will have riddled
we will have riddled
you will have riddled
they will have riddled
Future Continuous
I will be riddling
you will be riddling
he/she/it will be riddling
we will be riddling
you will be riddling
they will be riddling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been riddling
you have been riddling
he/she/it has been riddling
we have been riddling
you have been riddling
they have been riddling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been riddling
you will have been riddling
he/she/it will have been riddling
we will have been riddling
you will have been riddling
they will have been riddling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been riddling
you had been riddling
he/she/it had been riddling
we had been riddling
you had been riddling
they had been riddling
Conditional
I would riddle
you would riddle
he/she/it would riddle
we would riddle
you would riddle
they would riddle
Past Conditional
I would have riddled
you would have riddled
he/she/it would have riddled
we would have riddled
you would have riddled
they would have riddled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.riddle - a difficult problemriddle - a difficult problem      
problem - a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
2.riddle - a coarse sieve (as for gravel)
sieve, screen - a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
Verb1.riddle - pierce with many holes; "The bullets riddled his body"
pierce - make a hole into; "The needle pierced her flesh"
2.riddle - set a difficult problem or riddle; "riddle me a riddle"
bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, baffle, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
3.riddle - separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
sift, sieve, strain - separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
4.riddle - 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"
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
spiritise, spiritize - imbue with a spirit
5.riddle - speak in riddles
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
6.riddle - explain a riddle
figure out, puzzle out, solve, lick, work out, work - find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"

riddle

1
noun
1. puzzle, problem, conundrum, teaser, poser, rebus, brain-teaser (informal), Chinese puzzle Tell me a riddle.
2. enigma, question, secret, mystery, puzzle, conundrum, teaser, problem a riddle of modern architecture

riddle

2
verb pierce, pepper, puncture, perforate, honeycomb Attackers riddled two homes with gunfire.

riddle

noun
Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret:
Translations
لُغْز، أحْجِيَهيَثْقُب كالغُرْبال
hádankaproděravět
gådegennemhulle
gátasundurgata
izcaurumotmīkla
prestrieľať
uganka
bilmecedelik deşik etmek

riddle

1 [ˈrɪdl] N (= word puzzle) → acertijo m, adivinanza f; (= mystery) → enigma m, misterio m; (= person etc) → enigma m
to ask sb a riddleproponer un acertijo a algn
to speak in riddleshablar en clave

riddle

2 [ˈrɪdl]
A. N (= sieve) → criba f, criba f gruesa; (= potato sorter etc) → escogedor m
B. VT
1. (= sieve) → cribar; [+ potatoes etc] → pasar por el escogedor
2. to riddle with [+ bullets etc] → acribillar a
the house is riddled with dampla casa tiene humedad por todas partes
the organization is riddled with communistsel organismo está plagado de comunistas
the army is riddled with subversionel ejército está infectado de elementos subversivos

riddle

[ˈrɪdəl] n
(= question) → devinette f; (posed by the Sphinx)énigme f
(= mystery) → énigme f

riddle

1
n (= sieve)(Schüttel)sieb nt
vt
soil etcsieben; coalsieben, schütteln
to riddle somebody/something with bulletsjdn/etw mit Kugeln durchlöchern; riddled with holesvöllig durchlöchert; riddled with woodwormwurmzerfressen; riddled with cancer/corruptionvom Krebs/von der Korruption zerfressen; riddled with mistakes/contradictionsvoller Fehler/Widersprüche

riddle

2
nRätsel nt; I’ll ask you a riddleich werde Ihnen ein Rätsel aufgeben; to speak in riddlesin Rätseln sprechen

riddle

1 [ˈrɪdl] n (puzzle) → indovinello
to speak in riddles → parlare per enigmi

riddle

2 [ˈrɪdl]
1. vt (soil, coal) → setacciare, vagliare (fig) to riddle with (bullets) → crivellare di
riddled with holes → bucherellato/a
the council was riddled with corruption → la corruzione dilagava nel consiglio
2. n (sieve) → setaccio, vaglio

riddle1

(ˈridl) noun
a puzzle usually in the form of a question, which describes an object, person etc in a mysterious or misleading way. Can you guess the answer to this riddle?; The answer to the riddle `What flies for ever, and never rests?' is `The wind'.

riddle2

(ˈridl) verb
to make (something) full of holes. They riddled the car with bullets.
References in classic literature ?
Here has this gentleman invited me to a conference, and when I send him a capable substitute, for ye're all that, Duncan, though your years are but few, he answers me with a riddle.
It had been intended, there could be no doubt, as an ornamental article of dress; but how it was to be worn, or what rank, honour, and dignity, in by-past times, were signified by it, was a riddle which (so evanescent are the fashions of the world in these particulars) I saw little hope of solving.
To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.
He said he would sleep himself fresh, and then see what he could do with this riddle.
His good friend Perry, too, whom he had spoken to on the subject, did not at present recollect any thing of the riddle kind; but he had desired Perry to be upon the watch, and as he went about so much, something, he thought, might come from that quarter.
The first thing I did, on my own account, when I came back, was to take a night-walk to Norwood, and, like the subject of a venerable riddle of my childhood, to go 'round and round the house, without ever touching the house', thinking about Dora.
In this strange world, made a hopeless riddle to him, he might, if he had had a less intense nature, have sat weaving, weaving--looking towards the end of his pattern, or towards the end of his web, till he forgot the riddle, and everything else but his immediate sensations; but the money had come to mark off his weaving into periods, and the money not only grew, but it remained with him.
It is well for thee, then, that thou hast read my riddle aright.
You philosophers who go searching for the meaning of life, thinkers reading so sadly, and let us hope so wrongly, the riddle of the world--life has but one meaning, the riddle but one answer--which is Love.
All that Silver said was a riddle to him, but you would never have guessed it from his tone.
He replied that he had not gone into this little detail, but that, if I myself cared to make an investigation on the spot, I should certainly find the solution to the riddle in the managers' office by remembering that Erik had not been nicknamed the trap-door lover for nothing.
I will then give you a riddle,' he said; 'if you guess it, you shall be free and out of my power.