- \ \  Conundrum originally appeared in all manner of weird and wonderful guises – conimbrum, conuncrum, quonundrum, connunder, etc – before settling down to conundrum in the late 18th century. It bears all the marks of one of the rather heavy-handed quasi-Latin joke words beloved of scholars in the 16th and 17th centuries, and a mid-17thcentury commentator attributed it to Oxford university. At first it meant ‘whim’ and then ‘pun’; the current sense ‘puzzling problem’ did not develop until the end of the 18th century.
Word origins - 2ed. J. Ayto. 2005.
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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. [1913 Webster] Or pun ambiguous, or conundrum… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
conundrum — (n.) 1590s, Oxford University slang for pedant, also whim, etc., later (1790) riddle, puzzle. Also spelled quonundrum. The sort of ponderous pseudo Latin word that was once the height of humor in learned circles … Etymology dictionary
conundrum — puzzle, riddle, enigma, problem, *mystery … New Dictionary of Synonyms
conundrum — is a 16c word of unknown origin, perhaps a facetious invention. It has a plural conundrums … Modern English usage
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conundrum — [kə nun′drəm] n. [16th c. Oxford University L slang for pedant, whim, etc.; early sp. quonundrum] 1. a riddle whose answer contains a pun (Ex.: “What s the difference between a jeweler and a jailer?” “One sells watches and the other watches cells … English World dictionary
Conundrum — Contents 1 Literature 2 Other fields Conundrum may refer to: A riddle whose answer is or involves a pun or unexpected twist A logical postulation that evades resolution, an … Wikipedia
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conundrum —  Conundrum originally appeared in all manner of weird and wonderful guises – conimbrum, conuncrum, quonundrum, connunder, etc – before settling down to conundrum in the late 18th century. It bears all the marks of one of the rather heavy… … The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins
conundrum — [[t]kənʌ̱ndrəm[/t]] conundrums N COUNT 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 … English dictionary