Riddles for Icebreakers

80+ Riddles For Icebreakers: Clever, Fun, Easy & Tough

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  • What do snakes give each other when they say goodbye?
    • A little hiss on the cheek.

↑ – there you have it. The ice is broken. Our job here is done.

Just by using a riddle, you can completely change the vibe in a room, whether we’re talking about a meeting room, a classroom, or your own living room. Of course, they must be adapted to the context, but that’s why we’re here: to give you the ultimate list of riddles for icebreakers. It consists of:

Easy Riddles For Icebreakers

  1. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
    • Dinosaurs laid eggs much before the evolution of chicken.
  2. I’m often running yet I have no legs. You need me but I don’t need you. What am I?
    • Water.
  3. I’m light as a feather, but not even the strongest girl can hold me for more than 5 minutes. What am I?
    • Breath.
  4. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have nobody, but come alive with the wind. What am I?
    • An echo.
  5. I am neither a guest nor a trespasser; to this place I belong, it also belongs to me.
    • Home.
  6. What kind of coat is always wet when you put it on?
    • A coat of paint.
  7. I have branches yet I have no leaves, no trunk, and no fruit. What am I?
    • A bank.
  8. What runs, but never walks? Murmurs, but never talks. Has a bed, but never sleeps. And has a mouth, but never eats?
    • A river.
  9. Only one color, but not one size, Stuck at the bottom, yet easily flies. Present in the sun, but not in rain, Doing no harm, and feeling no pain. What is it?
    • A shadow
  10. Feed me, and I thrive, give me water, and I die. What am I?
    • Fire.

Fun Riddles For Icebreakers

Icebreaker riddles for adults
  1. Who is bigger: Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger, or their baby?
    • The baby, because he is a little bigger.
  2. What is 3/7 chicken, 2/3 cat, and 2/4 goat?
    • Chicago.
  3. How many bananas can you eat if your stomach is empty?
    • Just one after that it’s not empty anymore.
  4. What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it, you’ll die?
    • Nothing.
  5. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in three years. Which room is safest for him?
    • The third room. If the lions haven’t eaten in three years, they will be dead.
  6. What loses its head in the morning but gets it back at night? 
    • A pillow.
  7. What is a Priest’s favorite thing about physics? 
    • Mass.
  8. What beautiful lady sits in a dungeon, but her ponytail is outside? 
    • A carrot.
  9. A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?
    • Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  10. You go at red and stop at green. What am I?
    • Watermelon.
  11. How do carbon compounds find romantic partners? 
    • Carbon dating.
  12. Why is it so easy for an elephant to get a job?
    • Because it will work for peanuts.

Clever Riddles For Icebreakers

  1. How can you make six into an odd number?
    • Remove the letter ‘S’ and you have ‘IX’ which is 9 in roman numerals.
  2. What has 13 hearts but no other organs?
  3. Paul’s height is six feet, he’s an assistant at a butcher’s shop, and he wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?
    • Meat.
  4. I never was but always will be. No one ever saw me but everyone knows I existed. I give people the motivation to better themselves every day. What am I?
    • Tomorrow.
  5. A blue house has blue bricks.
    • A yellow house has yellow bricks.
  6. What is a greenhouse made of? 
    • Glass. (By the way, have you heard of the ‘Green glass door’ game? Full of mystery as well… just like these riddles for icebreakers.)
  7. What has many words but never speaks?
    • A book.
  8. What word contains all of the twenty-six letters?
    • Alphabet (P.S. There’s also the Alphabet game you might want to check out if you’re looking for a nice indoor game!).
  9. A knight rode out of his castle on Friday. Three days later, he returned on Friday. How?
    • ‘Friday’ is the name of his horse. 
  10. How can a girl go 25 days without sleep?
    • She sleeps at night.
  11. There was this competition where the contestants had to hold ‘something’. At the end of the event, the winner was a person who was physically disabled (he had no hands and no feet)! What was that ‘something’?
    • Breath.
  12. In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995, that same person is 10 years old. How can this be?
    • It is because it’s 1995-1990 B.C.!
  13. I start off dry but come out wet. I go in light and come out heavy. What am I?
    • A teabag.
  14. Mr. & Mrs. Long have five daughters. Each daughter has one brother. How many people live in the Long home? 
    • 8 people.
  15. If 66=2, 999=3, 8=2, 0=1, 9696=4, 8123=2, 98=3, 88=4, then what does 816982 equal? 
    • 6 (just count the number of circles in each set of numbers).

Icebreaker Riddles For Linguists 

Riddles to use for icebreakers
  1. Think of a word in the English language does the following: the first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great, while the entire word signifies a great woman. What is the word?
    • Heroine.
  2. What breaks and never falls, and what falls and never breaks?
    • Day breaks and night falls.
  3. What is seen in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of either month?
    • The Letter ‘R’.
  4. What makes you young?
    • Adding the letters “ng”.
  5. I am a 7-letter word. I am very heavy. Take away 2 letters from me and you will get 8. Take away 1 letter and you will get 80. Who am I?
    • Weighty.
  6. I start with ‘M’, end with ‘X’, and have never ending amount of letters. What am I?
    • A mailbox.
  7. Spelled forwards I’m what you do everyday, spelled backwards I’m something you hate. What am I?
    • Live.
  8. What 5-letter word stays the same when you take away the first, third, and last letter?
    • Empty.
  9. George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee. Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking soda. Using logic, is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda?
    • Elizabeth is drinking coffee. The letter E appears twice in her name, as it does in the names of the others that are drinking coffee.
  10. Forward, I am heavy; backward, I am not. What am I? 
    • A ton.
  11. What four periodic elements, when combined, make up something that terrifies criminals? 
    • Carbon, Oxygen, Phosphorous & Sulfur (C + O + P + S).
  12. There are 30 cows in a field. 28 chickens. How many didn’t? 
    • 10! (20 ATE chickens). 
  13. I am a word of meanings three. 3 ways of spelling me there be. The first is an odor, a smell if you will. The second is some money, but not in a bill. The third is past tense, a method of passing things on or around. What are these words that have the same sound?
    • Scent, cent, sent.
  14. What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? 
    • Short.

Icebreaker Riddles For Adults

  1. Why did the banker break up with his girlfriend?
    • He was losing interest.
  2. A woman shoots her husband, then holds him underwater for five minutes. Next, she hangs him. Right after, they enjoy a lovely dinner. Explain.
    • She took a picture of him and developed it in her dark room.
  3. You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but when you look again you don’t see a single person on the boat. Why?
    • All the people were married.
  4. What connects two people but touches only one?
    • A wedding ring.
  5. How do French chefs make you love them?
    • They butter you up!
  6. What did the paper clip say to the magnet?
    • I find you very attractive.
  7. What does nobody want, yet nobody wants to lose?
    • Work.
  8. I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
    • A map.
  9. They look like twin brothers, both sturdy and tall. They work together and go everywhere together. But they only go near solid food and do not care for soup. Who are they?
    • Chopsticks.
  10. Romeo and Juliet are found dead on the floor in a bedroom. When they were discovered, there were pieces of glass and some water on the floor. The only furniture in the room is a shelf and a bed. The house is in a remote location, away from everything except for the nearby railroad track. What caused the death of Romeo and Juliet?
    • Romeo and Juliet are fish. The rumble of the train knocked the tank off the shelf, it broke, and Romeo and Juliet did not survive.
  11. First in round, the square is bound, in triangle form is the last shape found. What am I? 
    • Pizza.
  12. I surround you, but I’m not clothes. I am everywhere but don’t take up space. I’m not always here, yet you can use a man-made form of me. I can go through glass. What am I? 
    • Light.
  13. You are driving a bus. At the first stop, two women get on. At the second stop, three men get on and one woman gets off. At the third stop, three kids and their mom get on, and a man gets off. The bus is grey, and it is raining outside. What color is the bus driver’s hair?
    • Whatever color your hair is! You’re the bus driver, remember?
  14. What goes up and never comes down?
    • Your age.

Icebreaker Riddles For Meetings

Icebreaker Riddles For Meetings
  1. You measure my life in hours and I serve you by expiring. I’m quick when I’m thin and slow when I’m fat. The wind is my enemy.
    • A candle.
  2. Why did the spider get a job in I.T.?
    • He was a great web designer.
  3. Why did the invisible man turn down a job offer?
    • He just couldn’t see himself doing it.
  4. I come from a mine and get surrounded by wood always. Everyone uses me. What am I?
    • Pencil lead.
  5. Although I’m far from the point, I’m not a mistake. But I do fix yours. What am I?
    • Eraser.
  6. What 4-letter word can be written forward, backward, or upside down, and can still be read from left to right?
    • Noon.
  7. Though I should be unique, you’ve made most of us the same. I would be stronger if my characters were stranger. 
    • Password.
  8. A man and his boss have the same parents but are not siblings. How is this possible?
    • He’s self-employed.
  9. Say my name, and I disappear. What am I?
    • Silence.
  10. What belongs to you but other people use it more than you?
    • Your name.
  11. How many months have 28 days?
    • Every month has 28 days.
  12. Ask this question all day long, but always get completely different answers, and yet all the answers will be correct? What is the question?
    • What time is it?
  13. Six little workers are hired together, but only start working once they are fired. What are they? 
    • Bullets in a gun.
  14. You answer me, although I never ask you questions. What am I?
    • A telephone.

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