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RIDDLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does riddle mean? 

RIDDLE (noun)
  The noun RIDDLE has 2 senses:

1. a difficult problem
2. a coarse sieve (as for gravel)

  Familiarity information: RIDDLE used as a noun is rare.


RIDDLE (verb)
  The verb RIDDLE has 6 senses:

1. pierce with many holes
2. set a difficult problem or riddle
3. separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
4. spread or diffuse through
5. speak in riddles
6. explain a riddle

  Familiarity information: RIDDLE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


RIDDLE (noun)


Sense 1riddle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A difficult problem

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

brain-teaser; conundrum; riddle; enigma

Hypernyms ("riddle" is a kind of...):

problem (a question raised for consideration or solution)


Sense 2riddle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A coarse sieve (as for gravel)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("riddle" is a kind of...):

screen; sieve (a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles)


RIDDLE (verb)


Sense 1riddle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pierce with many holes

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The bullets riddled his body

Hypernyms (to "riddle" is one way to...):

pierce (make a hole into)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2riddle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set a difficult problem or riddle

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

riddle me a riddle

Hypernyms (to "riddle" is one way to...):

amaze; baffle; beat; bewilder; dumbfound; flummox; get; gravel; mystify; nonplus; perplex; pose; puzzle; stick; stupefy; vex (be a mystery or bewildering to)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3riddle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

riddle; screen

Hypernyms (to "riddle" is one way to...):

sieve; sift; strain (separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4riddle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spread or diffuse through

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pervade; permeate; imbue; interpenetrate; diffuse; riddle; penetrate

Context examples:

An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration / music penetrated the entire building / His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks

Hypernyms (to "riddle" is one way to...):

penetrate; perforate (pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "riddle"):

spiritise; spiritize (imbue with a spirit)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5riddle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Speak in riddles

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "riddle" is one way to...):

communicate; intercommunicate (transmit thoughts or feelings)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 6riddle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Explain a riddle

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Hypernyms (to "riddle" is one way to...):

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

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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