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

 

riddle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they riddle
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdl//
 
he / she / it riddles
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdlz//
 
past simple riddled
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdld//
 
past participle riddled
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdld//
 
-ing form riddling
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdlɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [usually passive] riddle somebody/something (with something) to make a lot of holes in somebody/something The car was riddled with bullets. a bullet-riddled car
  • Word Originverb late Old English hriddel, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin cribrum ‘sieve’, cernere ‘separate’, and Greek krinein ‘decide’.Idioms
    be riddled with something
     
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    to be full of something, especially something bad or unpleasant His body was riddled with cancer. Her typing was slow and riddled with mistakes. The woods are riddled with rabbit holes.
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