(noun, verb)


1. a difficult problem

Similar word(s): conundrum, enigma

Definition categories: communication, problem

2. a coarse sieve (as for gravel)

Definition categories: man–made, screen, sieve

Sentences with riddle as a noun:

- Here's a riddle: It's black, and white, and red all over. What is it?


1. pierce with many holes

- The bullets riddled his body

Definition categories: contact, pierce

2. set a difficult problem or riddle

- riddle me a riddle

Definition categories: cognition, amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex

3. separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

Similar word(s): screen

Definition categories: contact, sieve, sift, strain

4. spread or diffuse through

- His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks

Similar word(s): diffuse, imbue, interpenetrate, penetrate, permeate, pervade

Definition categories: contact, penetrate, perforate

5. speak in riddles

Definition categories: communication, communicate, intercommunicate

6. explain a riddle

Definition categories: cognition, lick, solve, work

Sentences with riddle as a verb:

- Riddle me this, meaning Answer the following question.

- You have to riddle the gravel before you lay it on the road.

- The machinegun fire began to riddle the poor Afghanis.

- Your argument is riddled with errors.