Definition of riddle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrɪdl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdl//
    Children's games
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  1. 1a question that is difficult to understand, and that has a surprising answer, that you ask somebody as a game Stop talking in riddles (= saying things that are confusing)—say what you mean. to solve the riddle of the Sphinx See related entries: Children's games
  2. 2a mysterious event or situation that you cannot explain synonym mystery the riddle of how the baby died The riddle of his identity was only solved when his brother saw him on TV.
  3. Word Originnoun Old English rǣdels, rǣdelse ‘opinion, conjecture, riddle’; related to Dutch raadsel, German Rätsel, also to read.
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