There are 2 main translations of riddle in Spanish

: riddle1riddle2

riddle1

adivinanza, n.

Pronunciation /ˈrɪd(ə)l//ˈrɪdl/

noun

  • 1

    (puzzle)
    adivinanza feminine
    acertijo masculine
    • Bilbo's next riddle is answered but he has trouble with Gollum's.
    • Here's a zen riddle: How lumpy must a sauce be before it can be called a vegetable?
    • Calaf is mesmerized by the princess' beauty and resolves to answer her three riddles and win her hand.
    • Fleur plays Princess Turandot, declaring that she will marry the man who correctly answers her three riddles, while those who fail will be killed.
    • Rob's words echoed through my brain, and they sounded like some cryptic riddle.
    • She was pleased at herself as if she had just figured out a riddle.
    • If you fail to answer his riddles correctly, you will not be allowed safe passage through the forest.
    • Aspiring suitors have to answer three ridiculous riddles of the sort that do the rounds in Dublin pubs.
    • Midnight had arrived, but Leander still hadn't figured out the riddle.
    • Answer the riddle, and your life shall be spared.
    • Shorter answers every other question with a riddle and punctuates his conversation with statements such as ‘The only constant is change.’
    • Her echo bounced from wall to wall, penetrating his ears like an unsolvable riddle.
    • A prize that I will get if, and only if, I solve the secret riddle.
    • During the latest bachelor party, a man in an ape suit served as master of ceremonies as guests were required to answer a series of riddles.
    • Hamlet asks the gravediggers who is to be buried, but he receives riddles instead of answers.
    • Many riddles were embedded in rhymes, playfully disguising answers in metaphors and analogies.
    • He regarded Haley with a critical eye, as if figuring out a riddle.
    • Some of the pictures are fascinating in that the images seem to pose little visual riddles.
    • Many of Vermeer's paintings appear to pose riddles as to who sees whom and what, when.
    • Old Zen riddle: if a policy is announced and no one hears it, is it really announced?
  • 2

    (mystery)
    enigma masculine
    misterio masculine
    • The grieving friends of a York man who drowned in mysterious circumstances have launched a campaign to solve the riddle of his death.
    • But Grinsell was writing before the invention of radiocarbon dating - surely here was the chance to answer the riddle of the round skull?
    • Understanding exactly what capital is unlocks the riddle of the market system.
    • Through Christ and in Christ, the riddles of sorrow and death grow meaningful.
    • Advancing age has occasionally brought resolution, more often just a little understanding, to many of these riddles, but not necessarily to the resilient ambiguity of history.
    • Each of us is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
    • Cold comfort for the grieving Parks, who is now trying to solve the riddle of his granddaughter's death.
    • Not only has it helped to explain life's innermost riddles, but it has posed challenging questions about human behaviour and ethics, and offered controversial new technologies.
    • They were words she could not understand, but still she searched among them for some clue, some answer to the riddle of her life.
    • A set of hypotheses has been suggested to explain this exceptional riddle of fish reproduction, but as yet they remain untested.
    • Whatever the answer to the riddle of quantum reality, the correct assessment of the role and meaning of observers in the Universe must await the outcome of the confrontation of the Cosmos with the quantum.
    • The first answer to the riddle of existence, therefore, is that substance exists, and exists necessarily.
    • His experiments on the lift and drag of an aircraft helped answer the riddle of how birds fly and led to new wing designs.
    • But no one has answered the related riddle: Who wins if both sides bring their voters to the polls in record numbers?
    • Whatever helps understand this riddle is significant, I am pleased that I, in a small way, did something with it.
    • Mirror neurons obviously cannot be the only answer to all these riddles of evolution.
    • But only one asset will help us crack the US interest rate riddle: patience.
    • Earlier this year, it had sat for weeks to unravel the riddle of the sinking.
    • Perhaps, to answer the riddle posed by the Palace substitution script, we should take a similar path.
    • Yes, their coquettishness and evasions can exasperate men looking for an unequivocal answer to riddles of life and love.

There are 2 main translations of riddle in Spanish

: riddle1riddle2

riddle2

Pronunciation /ˈrɪdl//ˈrɪd(ə)l/

transitive verb

  • 1

    (perforate)
    to be riddled with sth
    • his body was riddled with bullets lo habían acribillado a balazos
    • she was riddled with cancer tenía cáncer por todo el cuerpo
    • the chairs are riddled with woodworm las sillas están llenas de carcoma / todas carcomidas
    • the organization is riddled with corruption la corrupción ha llegado a todos los niveles de la organización
    • her explanation is riddled with inconsistencies su explicación está plagada de incongruencias
    • However, these arguments are riddled with holes.
    • The bacterial onslaught changes the bone by riddling it with tiny holes.
    • Inside, one of the bodies was riddled with bullet holes and had clearly been executed.
    • An ammunition box inside a Huey helicopter that crashed in 1968 is riddled with bullet holes from ammunition that exploded inside during the ensuing fire.
    • Around them, the walls were riddled with bullet holes.
    • The jaws are riddled with small holes through which nerve bundles can relay electrical messages from the domes to the brain.
    • The gunshot riddled body was in the driver's seat.
    • As if the tonal mess weren't enough, the movie is riddled with plot holes that wreak increasing confusion.
    • Tables were riddled with bullet holes and the entire place was splattered with blood.
    • The truck was riddled with shrapnel holes and shards had punctured the fuel drums of two Challenger tanks.
    • A 19-year-old man was killed and four other people, including a pregnant woman, were injured when their car was riddled with bullets by the soldiers.
    • Walls inside the restaurant were riddled with holes, wires dangled from the ceiling, and clusters of pipes were exposed.
    • But actually this bedrock is riddled with minute holes.
    • For a start, the enclosures are riddled with bullet holes.
    • A year later, he is physically healed, but his memory is riddled with holes.
    • A tree's roots had grown into the dam, and it was riddled with holes and in a very precarious condition.
    • As you say, almost all software vendors do very shoddy work, and most large systems are riddled with holes.
    • The hydrants were not working and the hoses the fire officers were using to extinguish the blaze were riddled with holes.
    • If you stop to think about it, the film is riddled with such holes - why for example does nobody actually catch the virulent super-virus from either of the unfortunate characters injected with it?
    • He noted that each of their bodies was riddled with bullet holes.
  • 2

    (sieve)
    cribar
    • Brown observed to Poole that the miners could typically make the same or slightly more money and produce more coal per day, saved as they were the labor of riddling.
    • This was put to use every autumn to power the large and venerable threshing machine, with its elevator and shaking, riddling sieves.
    • A day and a half of digging and riddling had produced several piles of authentic clayish undersoil (known as sammel and by various other names in areas where Regia membership is high).
    • Made of some combination of tannins, bentonites, gelatines, or alginates, they help to produce a uniform skin-like yeast deposit that does not stick to the glass but slips easily down it during the riddling process.

noun

  • 1

    (sieve)
    criba feminine
    tamiz masculine
    • I then re-sieve it through a maggot riddle to remove the lumps.
    • For inside the mill, the shelling stones began to turn, the riddles (large-meshed sieves) rhythmically shook and the millstones ground round and round.