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riddle

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈrɪdl/
QUESTION a strange and difficult question that has a clever and often funny answerQuestioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning
NOT UNDERSTAND a situation or event that you cannot understand: Scientists may have solved the riddle of Saturn's rings.Puzzle and confuseDifficult to understandDifficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
Translations of “riddle”
in Korean 수수께끼…
in Arabic أُحْجية, لُغْز…
in French devinette…
in Turkish bilmece, muamma, esrar…
in Italian indovinello…
in Chinese (Traditional) 問題, 謎, 謎語…
in Russian загадка, тайна…
in Polish zagadka…
in Spanish adivinanza, acertijo…
in Portuguese charada, adivinhação…
in German das Rätsel…
in Catalan endevinalla, enigma…
in Japanese なぞなぞ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 问题, 谜, 谜语…
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