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rid•dle



Pronunciation: (rid'l), [key]
n., v., -dled, -dling.


n.
1. a question or statement so framed as to exercise one's ingenuity in answering it or discovering its meaning; conundrum.
2. a puzzling question, problem, or matter.
3. a puzzling thing or person.
4. any enigmatic or dark saying or speech.

v.i.
to propound riddles; speak enigmatically.

rid•dle



Pronunciation: (rid'l), [key]
v., -dled, -dling,
n.


v.t.
1. to pierce with many holes, suggesting those of a sieve: to riddle the target.
2. to fill or affect with (something undesirable, weakening, etc.): a government riddled with graft.
3. to impair or refute completely by persistent verbal attacks: to riddle a person's reputation.
4. to sift through a riddle, as gravel; screen.

n.
a coarse sieve, as one for sifting sand in a foundry.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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