- rid|dle1 «RIHD uhl», noun, verb, -dled, -dling.–n.1. a puzzling question, statement, or problem, usually presented as a game or pastime. Example: When is a door not a door? Answer: When it is ajar. SYNONYM(S): enigma, puzzle, conundrum.2. a person or thing that is hard to understand, explain, or predict: »
All that Silver said was a riddle to him (Robert Louis Stevenson). Russia…is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma (Sir Winston Churchill).–v.i.1. to speak in riddles.2. to ask riddles.–v.t.to solve (a riddle or question): »
Riddle me this, and guess him if you can, who bears a nation in a single man? (John Dryden).╂[Middle English redel < earlier redels, taken as plural, Old English r < r to guess, explain]–rid´dler, noun.rid|dle2 «RIHD uhl», verb, -dled, -dling, noun.–v.t.1. to make many holes in: »
The door of the fort was riddled with bullets.SYNONYM(S): perforate.2. to sift: »
to riddle gravel.3. Figurative. to impair or weaken as if by making many holes in: »
The witness's testimony was riddled with lies.╂[< noun]–n.a coarse sieve.╂[Old English hriddel sieve]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.