riddle
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riddle(
rih
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duhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (puzzle)
a. el acertijo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
No matter how hard he tried, he couldn't solve the riddle.Por mucho que intentara, no lograba resolver el acertijo.
b. la adivinanza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This is a really tricky riddle; you've stumped me.Esta es una adivinanza muy difícil; me matas.
2. (mystery)
a. el enigma
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How Stonehenge was constructed is one of the great riddles of human history.Cómo se construyó Stonehenge es uno de los grandes enigmas de la historia de la humanidad.
b. el misterio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What ever happened to the missing child is a riddle that police are still trying to solve.Lo que le sucedió al niño perdido es un misterio que la policía aún sigue tratando de resolver.
3. (tools)
a. la criba
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
All the large rocks are filtered out by the riddle.La criba filtra todas las rocas grandes.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to shoot; used with "with")
a. acribillar
They found his body riddled with bullets in a ditch.Encontraron su cadáver acribillado a balazos en la cuneta.
5. (to filter)
a. cribar
This machine riddles all the large chunks that we want to separate.Esta máquina criba los trozos grandes que queremos separar.
6. (to be dominated by; used with "with")
a. plagar
This article is riddled with careless errors.Este artículo está plagado de errores, producto del descuido.
b. llenar
The mattress you sold me was riddled with bedbugs.El colchón que me vendiste estaba lleno de chinches.
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riddle
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (puzzle)
a. la acertijo m, adivinanza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (mystery)
a. el enigma
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to riddle somebody with bulletsacribillar a alguien a balazos
riddled with mistakesplagado(a) de errores
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riddle [ˈrɪdl]
noun
(word puzzle) acertijo (m); adivinanza (f); (mystery) enigma (m); misterio (m); (person etc) enigma (m)
to ask sb a riddle proponer un acertijo a algn; to speak in riddles hablar en clave
riddle [ˈrɪdl]
noun
(sieve) criba (f); criba (f) gruesa; (potato sorter etc) escogedor (m);
transitive verb
1 (sieve) cribar; [+potatoes etc] pasar por el escogedor
2
to riddle with [+bullets etc] acribillar a; the house is riddled with damp la casa tiene humedad por todas partes; the organization is riddled with communists el organismo está plagado de comunistas; the army is riddled with subversion el ejército está infectado de elementos subversivos
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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