Complete Definition of "conundrum"

was wotd|2007|November|20
English

Etymology
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Pronunciation
a|RP|US IPA|/kəˈnʌn.dɹəm/
audio|en-us-conundrum.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun|conundrums|pl2=conundra

  1. A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer.

#* 1816, w:Jane Austen|Jane Austen, s:Emma|Emma, s:Emma/Volume 1/Chapter 2|Vol. 1, Ch. 2
#*: “Why should I understand that, or anything else?” asked the girl. “Don’t bother my head by asking conundrums, I beg of you. Just let me discover myself in my own way.”

  1. A difficult choice or decision that must be made.

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Synonyms
sense|diffcult question brain-teaser, enigma, puzzle, riddle
sense|difficult choice dilemma, decoy, drawback, joke.

Translations
trans-top|difficult question or riddle
Danish: gåde c, ordgåde c
Finnish: t|fi|arvoitus, t|fi|pulma
German: Rätsel n
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trans-top|difficult choice or decision
Danish: t|da|hovedbrud n
Finnish: t|fi|pulma
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