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Definition of Riddle


  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.
  3. To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel.
  4. To perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many holes in; as, a house riddled with shot.
  5. Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling.
  6. To explain; to solve; to unriddle.
  7. To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.

Riddle Quotations

It's like the riddle of the Sphinx... why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?
Sarah Jessica Parker

Well, I believe life is a Zen koan, that is, an unsolvable riddle. But the contemplation of that riddle - even though it cannot be solved - is, in itself, transformative. And if the contemplation is of high enough quality, you can merge with the divine.
Tom Robbins

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Winston Churchill

I was raised in a family where no one had a serious bone in their body and every answer was a riddle, a joke, or a prank.
James Brolin

Every human life involves an unfathomable mystery, for man is the riddle of the universe, and the riddle of man in his endowment with personal capacities.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
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Riddle Translations

riddle in Dutch is puzzel, raadsel
riddle in Finnish is arvoitus
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