conundrum


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co·nun·drum

 (kə-nŭn′drəm)
n.
1. A riddle in which a fanciful question is answered by a pun.
2. A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma: "the conundrum ... of achieving full employment without inflation" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).

[Origin unknown.]

conundrum

(kəˈnʌndrəm)
n
1. a riddle, esp one whose answer makes a play on words
2. a puzzling question or problem
[C16: of unknown origin]

co•nun•drum

(kəˈnʌn drəm)

n.
1. a riddle whose answer involves a pun.
2. anything that puzzles.
[1590–1600; pseudo-Latin word of obscure orig.]

conundrum

a riddle the answer to which requires a pun or other word play.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conundrum - a difficult problemconundrum - a difficult problem      
problem - a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"

conundrum

noun puzzle, problem, riddle, enigma, teaser, poser, brain-teaser (informal) It was a conundrum with no solution.

conundrum

noun
Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret:
Translations
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conundrum

[kəˈnʌndrəm] N (= riddle) → acertijo m, adivinanza f; (= problem) → enigma m

conundrum

[kəˈnʌndrəm] n (= puzzle) → énigme f

conundrum

n (lit, fig)Rätsel nt

conundrum

[kəˈnʌndrəm] nindovinello
References in classic literature ?
She looked the picture of cheerful, rustic innocence and started propounding to me a conundrum which began with the words:
This serious query was at first received with suspicion because it sounded like a conundrum.
You know that when I became enough of a man to find myself an embodied conundrum, I bored myself to the last degree by trying to find out what I meant.
I believe the theme of this incomprehensible conundrum was the moon.
I 'll give you a conundrum to lighten your labor: Why are bad boys like cake?
This little conundrum came by the first post, and he was to follow by the next train.
I asked, declining to spoil my digestion with a conundrum, as it was his evident intention that I should.
They roused him with muffins--they roused him with ice-- They roused him with mustard and cress-- They roused him with jam and judicious advice-- They set him conundrums to guess.
There is not an excess of delicacy or chivalry in the ordinary country school, and several choice conundrums and bits of verse dealing with the Simpson affair were bandied about among the scholars, uttered always, be it said to their credit, in undertones, and when the Simpson children were not in the group.
Don't bother my head by asking conundrums, I beg of you.
And to add confusion to confusion, there was the servant, an unceasing menace, that appeared noiselessly at his shoulder, a dire Sphinx that propounded puzzles and conundrums demanding instantaneous solution.
This thought came back to Rose several times that evening, for Phebe would have added much to the little concert they had in the moonlight, would have enjoyed the stories told, been quick at guessing the conundrums, and laughed with all her heart at the fun.