If an object is riddled with something, that means it's covered by that thing: for example, a tree trunk might be riddled with tiny holes made by the beaks of woodpeckers.

The adjective riddled most often describes something damaged by or spread full of holes, like a rusty old mailbox riddled with bullet holes or a block of Swiss cheese riddled with holes. You can also use it figuratively: "It's so sad, her dog is riddled with cancer," or "The plot of your novel is riddled with holes — it just doesn't hold up." Riddled comes from the Old English hriddel, "sieve."

Definitions of riddled

adj spread throughout

“cities riddled with corruption”
containing as much or as many as is possible or normal

adj (often followed by `with') damaged throughout by numerous perforations or holes

“a sweater riddled with moth holes”
“cliffs riddled with caves”
“the bullet- riddled target”
harmed or injured or spoiled

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