noun (plural conundrums)
- 1A confusing and difficult problem or question: one of the most difficult conundrums for the expertsMore example sentences
problem, difficult question, difficulty, quandary, dilemma• informal poser
- Children with recurrent abdominal pain present a difficult conundrum for doctors.
- For the environmentalists, there was no getting around this difficult conundrum.
- Other than that, it can be something of a difficult ethical conundrum for somebody.
- 1.1A question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle.More example sentences
- Fortunately the answer to the conundrum came into reach as we shuffled along.
- Later on he successfully puzzled over the riddles of some bawdy conundrums.
- I can't seem to see a clear answer for this conundrum and therefore it sidetracks me and taunts me.
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. Current senses date from the late 17th century.