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riddle1

rid·dle

riddle

 
pronunciation:
rI dl
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a puzzling, tricky, and often amusing question, usu. with an ingenious answer, posed as a diversion or as a test of one's wits.
Here is a riddle: What is the difference between a jeweler and a jailer? (Answer: a jeweler sells watches, but a jailer watches cells.).
similar words:
conundrum
definition 2: any puzzling or perplexing question, problem, person, or thing.
How the prisoner was able to escape remains a riddle.That shy child was always a riddle to his teachers.
synonyms:
mystery, perplexity, puzzle, stickler
similar words:
conundrum
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: riddled, riddles, riddling
definition 1: to solve riddles.
similar words:
puzzle
definition 2: to create or speak in riddles; mystify.
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