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Definition of riddle:

  1. A board having a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it.
  2. 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.
  3. Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling.
  4. To explain; to solve; to unriddle.
  5. To perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many holes in; as, a house riddled with shot.
  6. To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel.
  7. To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.

Synonyms:

interpenetrate, predicament, circularize, disperse, charade, spread, brain-teaser, clarity, conundrum, click, percolate, sort, doubt, solution, fathom, disseminate, sieve, permeate, imbue, question, screen out, soak, enigma, infiltrate, entanglement, intricacy, propagate, answer, embarrassment, pass around, sink in, paradox, fan out, closed book, block out, show, screen, confusion, hue, circularise, distribute, shield, broadcast, quandary, fall into place, dilemma, come home, diffuse, penetrate, distraction, complexity, get through, secret, bewilderment, strait, bottom, test, puzzler, perplexity, simplicity, filter, spread out, pervade, perforate, get across, plight, complication, circulate, dawn.

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