St. Patrick's Day

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34 St. Patrick's Day Riddles For Plenty Of Giggles

Some of these may be corny, but just go with it.

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Green hats, fun drinks, and leprechauns aren’t the only ways you can celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day. You can also impress your friends and family by having a few clever St. Patrick’s Day riddles in your back pocket. I mean, leprechauns are always being a little mischievous and silly, right? So grab some of that energy.

Although partying and drinking are often main themes associated with celebrating on March 17, the holiday actually has religious roots. St. Patrick’s day was established by the church in 1631, a time of feasting to honor St. Patrick. He was a Roman citizen who was revered for having a “lot of luck” as a priest in converting Druids to Christianity after he’d spent time enslaved in Ireland.

Most of what we see today during the March 17 celebrations developed during the 1700s, and in 1798, the color green became permanently associated with this day. Among all the added fun shenanigans are parades, wearing green (to remain invisible to leprechauns), finding great luck in four leaf clovers, and drinking plenty of green beer. And the image of a tiny green mystical man running around looking for gold alone is a lot of material to work with… and that means plenty of puns, jokes, and riddles you can drop in conversation throughout the day. And if you drop some of these on your kids, they may just throw an “aw geez” your way.

This list of St. Patrick’s Day jokes and riddles is a laugh just waiting to happen — even if they giggle because it’s just so corny. Write them on lunch napkins, text them to your friends, just share all the silliness.

St. Patrick’s Day riddles about leprechauns

  • What do you call a leprechaun’s vacation home? A lepre-condo.
  • What did the leprechaun say when the video game ended? Game clover.
  • What do you call leprechauns who collect aluminum cans, used newspapers, and plastic bottles? Wee-cyclers.
  • Who can catch a bad leprechaun? An under-clover cop.
  • What did the leprechaun say on March 17? Irish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
  • Why did the leprechaun go outside? To sit on his paddy-o.
  • Why do leprechauns recycle? They like to go green.
  • What is a leprechaun’s favorite cereal? Lucky Charms.
  • What type of music do leprechauns love? Sham-rock and roll.
  • What happens when a leprechaun falls in a river? He gets wet.
  • How can you tell if a leprechaun is having a good time? He’s Dublin over with laughter!
  • What did the leprechaun do for a living? He was a short-order cook.
  • Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun? Because they’re always a little short.
  • What baseball position do leprechauns play? Shortstop.
  • Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun? Because they're always a little short.
  • How much gold can a leprechaun keep in an empty pocket? None, because it’s empty.

St. Patrick’s Day riddles about four leaf clovers

  • Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day? Because real rocks are too heavy.
  • Why do you never iron a four leaf clover? You don’t want to press your luck.
  • How is a good friend like a four leaf clover? They’re hard to find.
  • Why don’t leprechauns like leftovers? They prefer left-clovers.
  • How do you get out of a fight on St. Patrick’s Day? Say I’m a clover, not a fighter.
  • What do you say to a losing athlete say on St. Paddy’s Day? It’s not over ‘til it’s clover.
  • What Irish rock is light as a pillow? A shamrock.

More St. Patrick’s Day riddles

  • I’m hidden, but I’m not buried. I hold treasure, but no gems. Leprechauns protect me, but I’m not Lucky Charms. What am I? A pot of gold.
  • What type of sandwiches should they serve on St. Patrick’s Day? Paddy melts.
  • Who was St. Patrick’s favorite superhero? Green Lantern.
  • What do you call the most fun person in the room on St. Patrick’s Day? The life of the Paddy!
  • What do you get if you cross Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day? St. O’Claus.
  • What instrument does a show-off play on St. Patrick’s Day? Brag-pipes.
  • What is the perfect meal for St. Patrick’s Day? Green eggs and ham.
  • What did the naughty kid say on St. Patrick’s Day? The leprechauns made me do it!
  • Yellow and blue combined you’ll see; if you don’t want a pinch, be sure to wear me. What am I? The color green.
  • Where can you always find ‘gold,’ but there’s no gold at all? The Dictionary.
  • What does a ghost drink on St. Patrick’s Day? Boos. Spirits if they’r brave.

From easy to extra-clever, these St. Patrick’s Day will certainly give your family and friends something to think — and laugh — about come March 17.

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