riddling

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

riddling

  1. present participle of riddle

Noun[edit]

riddling (plural riddlings)

  1. Material removed by riddling, or sieving.
    • 1832, The Quarterly Journal of Agriculture (volume 3, page 989)
      The good grain is riddled by hand into a heap at a convenient part of the barn, and the riddlings are thrown among the stuff which descends to the floor through the other spout.
  2. The posing or solving of a riddle.
    • 2015, W. K. Wimsatt, Hateful Contraries: Studies in Literature and Criticism (page 94)
      Hence the laughter of ridicule, whether spontaneous or incited by words, and hence too the laughter of wit, which has an intermediate ancestry in such mental tussles or riddlings as may at one time have taken the place of more savage physical strife.