Definition of conundrum in English:

conundrum

Line breaks: con¦un|drum
Pronunciation: /kəˈnʌndrəm
 
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noun (plural conundrums)

Origin

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.

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