Riddle-like

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Riddle-like (Shak.) like a riddle or enigma
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rǽdelserǽdan, to guess, to read—rǽd, counsel; cog. with Dut. raad, Ger. rath.

Usage

In literature:

Had I obeyed my own impulse, I should have been riddled like any colander.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
Dennis Hanks afterward said: "Tom Lincoln riddled his land like a honeycomb" trying to find good water.
"The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln" by Wayne Whipple
No book of the sixty-six has seemed so much like a riddle to which no one knew the answer.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
What business had a stranger like Kenwick to be talking to them in riddles?
"A Venetian June" by Anna Fuller
An old house like Fernley is always riddled with moth.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
It was riddled like a sieve.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
It appeared to him like an unsolvable riddle.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
If I don't riddle her like a sieve, stretch me!
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
My whole is a vegetable much liked by some, And now my riddle-me-ree is done.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
Ask him a riddle if you like.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
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In poetry:

And gold-riddled dreams like tapestries
Cling painted along her walls
And yellow bird-dreams from shadow-trees
Come fluttering when she calls;
"Dream-House" by Margaret Widdemer
Touching the scarf with a light hand,
There where the whistles shrilly blow.
This is the you that I will know
Where you just like a riddle stand.
"Terminal Silhouette" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Upon the Book of Time the Autocrat
Has writ in Stars the fiery Idem Stat,
Lettered the Riddle in the Lambent Suns -
rather write than read a Book like that.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
I watch the best minds rot like dogs
for scraps of flavour.
I am nearing middle
age, burnt skin
peels from my hand like paper, onion-thin,
like Peer Gynt's riddle.
"Codicil" by Derek Walcott
In the beginning the irresponsible Verb
Connived with chaos whence I've seen it start
Riddles in the head for the nervous heart
To count its beat on: all beginnings run
Like water the easiest way or like birds
Fly on their cool imponderable flood.
"Fragment Of A Meditation" by Allen Tate

In news:

When Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar closed last fall after 25 years in the hands of Andy Ayers and then his daughter, KT, it felt like the end of an era in the Delmar Loop.
Black Mamba captured the Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes at Keeneland in likely the final start of her career.
It may sound like the beginning of a humorous riddle, but in actuality, they are all characters mimicked in the costumes sewn by 25-year-old Tooele resident Alyssa Coombs.
American foreign policy, like any nation's, can be hypocritical, selfish, riddled with contradictions and double standards.
Black Mamba captured the Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes at Keeneland in likely the final start of her career.
Horror Rod Lott Like the hit "Zombieland" played straight, "Stake Land" follows a grizzled, seen-it-all hunter and his young protégé across a postapocalyptic America riddled with the undead.
Like many robotics companies, Aethon, the Pittsburgh-based robotics company that makes the tug, has targeted an industry riddled by staffing shortages.
Here's a riddle: How is the 2009 California League baseball schedule not like a major cable news network.
A 200-year-old Philadelphia wing chair - its frame riddled with nail holes, its carved front feet looking like hairy paws - became the most expensive piece of furniture ever sold at auction yesterday in a sale at Sotheby's.
Like most foreigners who lived in China in the 1970s, I saw a closed, xenophobic society riddled with ingrained racial stereotypes.
Our forecast looks a lot like the childhood riddle of Pete and Repeat .
"My doctor said, 'Why don't you take up sailing,' and I said, 'That sounds like an old man's sport,' " says Riddle , now 66.
Injury- riddled Red Wings not likely to make any moves as trade talks heat up.
Like the hit "Zombieland" played straight, " Stake Land" follows a grizzled, seen-it-all hunter and his young protégé across a postapocalyptic America riddled with the undead.
Like a riddle bottled up in a mystery, Windy Hill is all but hidden in plain sight.
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