Riddle Definition

Define what is Riddle?

1. brain-teaser, conundrum, riddle, enigma (noun)

a difficult problem.


    problem noun
    a question raised for consideration or solution.

    2. riddle (verb)

    pierce with many holes.

    • The bullets riddled his body.

    Pierce verb
    make a hole into.

    3. riddle (noun)

    a coarse sieve (as for gravel).


      sieve, screen noun
      a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles.

      4. riddle (verb)

      set a difficult problem or riddle.

      • riddle me a riddle.

      mystify, baffle, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, puzzle, perplex, nonplus, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get verb
      be a mystery or bewildering to.

      5. riddle, screen (verb)

      separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff.

        Synonyms: screen

        sift, sieve, strain verb
        separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements.

        6. imbue, permeate, pervade, diffuse, interpenetrate, riddle, penetrate (verb)

        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 verb
        pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance.


        spiritise, spiritize verb
        imbue with a spirit.

        7. riddle (verb)

        speak in riddles.


          communicate, intercommunicate verb
          transmit thoughts or feelings.

          8. riddle (verb)

          explain a riddle.


            figure out, puzzle out, solve, lick, work out, work verb
            find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of.

            Nearby Terms

            riddle canon (noun)
            a canon in which the entrances of successive parts were indicated by cryptic symbols and devices (popular in the 15th and 16th centuries)

            riddled (adjective satellite)
            (often followed by `with') damaged throughout by numerous perforations or holes

            ride (noun)
            a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)

            ride away (verb)
            ride away on a horse, for example

            ride herd (verb)
            driving animals such as horses and cattle while riding along with them

            ride horseback (verb)
            ride on horseback

            ride off (verb)
            ride away on a horse, for example

            ride out (verb)
            hang on during a trial of endurance

            ride roughshod (verb)
            treat inconsiderately or harshly

            ride the bench (verb)
            be out of the game

            rider (noun)
            a traveler who actively rides an animal (as a horse or camel)

            Rider Haggard (noun)
            British writer noted for romantic adventure novels (1856-1925)

            rider plate (noun)
            a horizontal beam (or plate) connected to the top of a ship's vertical keel or to the keelson

            ridge (noun)
            a long narrow natural elevation or striation

            ridge rope (noun)
            either of a pair of lifelines running alongside the bowsprit of a ship