Riddle

Definition of Riddle

Rid´dle
n.1.A sieve with coarse meshes, usually of wire, for separating coarser materials from finer, as chaff from grain, cinders from ashes, or gravel from sand.
2.A board having a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it.
v. t.1.To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel.
[imp. & p. p. Riddled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Riddling .]
2.To perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many holes in; as, a house riddled with shot.
n.1.Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling.
To wring from me, and tell to them, my secret,
That solved the riddle which I had proposed.
- Milton.
'T was a strange riddle of a lady.
- Hudibras.
v. t.1.To explain; to solve; to unriddle.
Riddle me this, and guess him if you can.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.

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