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From Proto-Germanic *rēdisliją. Compare English riddle.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʀɛːt͡sl̩n/ (standard; used naturally in western Germany and Switzerland)
  • IPA(key): /ˈʀeːt͡sl̩n/ (overall more common; particularly northern and eastern regions)
  • Hyphenation: rät‧seln
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rätseln (third-person singular simple present rätselt, past tense rätselte, past participle gerätselt, auxiliary haben)

  1. to puzzle over
    • 2012 April 16, Die Welt [1], page 20:
      Seit über 150 Jahren rätseln Ornithologen darüber, wieso Brieftauben immer so zielsicher ihren Weg nach Hause finden.
      For more than 150 years, ornithologists have been puzzling over why carrier pigeons always find their way home so unerringly.


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  • rätseln in Duden online
  • rätseln” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache