conundrum
[ kuh-nuhn-druhm ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late 16th century of unknown origin, but first recorded in a work by Thomas Nashe, as a term of abuse for a crank or pedant, later coming to denote a whim or fancy, also a pun
Synonyms
    1.
  • riddle
  • puzzle
  • word game
  • brain-teaser
    2.
  • problem
  • difficulty
  • quandary
  • dilemma
  • puzzle
  • enigma
  • mystery
  • poser
  • facer
Antonyms
    1.
  • solution
Definition
1. a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as: "What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper."
2. a confusing and difficult problem or question
Examples
1. The teacher loved to use conundrums to keep his students entertained.
2. The side effects of the vaccine were a difficult conundrum for the experts.
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