rid´dler

rid´dler
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.

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  • rid|dle — 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… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • rid — ac·ni·do·spo·rid·ia; ac·rid; ac·rid·ly; ac·rid·ness; an·te·me·rid·i·an; ap·o·rid·ea; as·ca·rid; as·ca·rid·ia; bed·rid·den; breadth·rid·er; can·tha·rid·i·an; ca·rid·e·an; chlo·rid·er; cid·a·rid; clit·o·rid·e·an; cni·do·spo·rid·ia; col·ly·rid·i·an; …   English syllables

  • riddler — rid·dler …   English syllables

  • unriddle — un•rid•dle [[t]ʌnˈrɪd l[/t]] v. t. dled, dling to solve (a riddle, mystery, etc.) • Etymology: 1580–90 un•rid′dler, n …   From formal English to slang

  • Riddler — Rid dler, n. One who riddles (grain, sand, etc.). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Riddler — Rid dler, n. One who speaks in, or propounds, riddles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unriddler — Un*rid dler, n. One who unriddles. Lovelace. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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