Meaning of “riddle” in the English Dictionary

"riddle" in American English

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riddlenoun [ C ]

us /ˈrɪd·əl/

riddle noun [ C ] (QUESTION)

a question that has a surprising or amusing answer, or something that is a mystery or is hard to explain:

Scholars have not completely solved the riddle of the sphinx.

riddleverb [ T ]

us /ˈrɪd·əl/

riddle verb [ T ] (MAKE HOLES)

to make a lot of holes in something:

By the end of the game we had riddled the wall around the dartboard with a dozen little holes.

(Definition of “riddle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)