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Conundrum definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONUNDRUM, n. A low jest; a mean conceit.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a difficult problem [syn: riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teaser]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1645 1. a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun 2. a. a question or problem having only a conjectural answer b. an intricate and difficult problem

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a riddle, esp. one with a pun in its answer. 2 a hard or puzzling question. Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Conundrum Co*nun"drum, n. [Origin unknown.] 1. A kind of riddle based upon some fanciful or fantastic resemblance between things quite unlike; a puzzling question, of which the answer is or involves a pun. Or pun ambiguous, or conundrum quaint. --J. Philips. 2. A question to which only a conjectural answer can be made. Do you think life is long enough to let me speculate on conundrums like that? --W. Black.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(conundrums) A conundrum is a problem or puzzle which is difficult or impossible to solve. (FORMAL) ...this theological conundrum of the existence of evil and suffering in a world created by a good God. N-COUNT



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