51 Riddles about Pirates

Ahoy there, mates! 

Ready to set sail on a treasure hunt of wisdom and wit? 

Hoist your anchors and gather your bravest crew because we’re about to embark on a thrilling adventure into the heart of mysterious and captivating seas. 

They’re not your usual ‘walk the plank’ kind of tales. These are tantalizing pirate riddles that will challenge your intellect, whisking you away to the high seas of imagination, where buccaneers rule and treasure chests overflow with gold

So, brave the stormy seas, decode cryptic clues and unlock the hidden treasure within your mind.

X marks the spot, let’s get this adventure started!

Pirate Riddles

  1. I’m not a map, but hold treasures untold. I’m not a chest, but with a lock, I’m bold. What am I?

  2. What does a pirate pay for his corn?

  3. I have an eye but cannot see. I’m fastened to a pirate, not a bee. What am I?

  4. I’m as deep as the ocean but light as air. I’m carried by pirates, but they never know I’m there. What am I?

  5. How do pirates prefer to communicate?

  6. I’m marked by spots, but I’m not a leopard. I hold the future, yet I’m not a prophet. What am I?

  7. Why couldn’t the young pirate see the movie?

  8. I’m a pirate’s bane, yet a sailor’s friend. I’m not alive, but I can kill. What am I?

  9. What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?

  10. Why are pirates called pirates?

  11. I’m taken from a mine, and shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost every pirate. What am I?

  12. What has eight legs, eight arms, and eight eyes?

  13. What’s orange and sounds like a parrot?

  14. When is a pirate like a hungry wolf?

  15. I’m used on a pirate ship but also in the desert. What am I?

  16. I’m the captain of all seas, but never seen on deck. What am I?

  17. How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced?

  18. I fly without wings, I cry without eyes. Whenever I go, a pirate’s demise. What am I?

  19. What’s a pirate’s favorite part of a song?

  20. I’m full of holes but can hold water. A pirate finds me useful. What am I?

  21. Why do pirates make excellent fishermen?

  22. I begin your adventure but end your life. What am I?

  23. What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?

  24. Why did the pirate refuse to say “Aye, Aye, Captain”?

  25. I have keys but open no locks, I have space but no room, you can enter but can’t go outside. What am I?

  26. Why did the pirate go to college?

  27. Why don’t pirates shower before they walk the plank?

  28. What do you call a pirate with two eyes, two hands, and two legs?

  29. I am not alive, but I grow; I don’t have lungs, but I need air; I don’t have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

  30. How do pirates like their steak?

  31. I make two people out of one. What am I?

  32. When a pirate is over 80, what do we call him?

  33. What do you call a pirate who skips class?

  34. Why are ghosts bad at lying to pirates?

  35. What’s a pirate’s worst nightmare?

  36. I’m not gold, but I am sought after. I’m hidden away but not in a chest. What am I?

  37. Why do pirates wear eye patches?

  38. I start with a P and end with an E, but I have thousands of letters. What am I?

  39. When does a pirate’s ship most resemble a shop?

  40. What’s a pirate’s favorite aspect of computational logic?

  41. How much does it cost a pirate to get a hook and an eyepatch?

  42. Why did the pirate buy an eyepatch?

  43. What did the ocean say to the pirate?

  44. What’s a pirate’s favorite movie rating?

  45. What do pirates and penguins have in common?

  46. Why do pirates not know the alphabet?

  47. Where do pirates keep their weapons?

  48. What did the pirate say on his 80th birthday?

  49. What did one ocean say to the other ocean?

  50. How do pirates prefer to cook their steaks?

  51. What’s a snowman’s favorite pirate accessory?


  1. A diary or a journal.

  2. A buccaneer. (Buck-an-ear)

  3. A needle.

  4. A secret.

  5. Aye to aye. (Eye to eye)

  6. A treasure map.

  7. Because it was rated “Arrr!”

  8. Scurvy.

  9. A nervous wreck.

  10. Because they arrr!

  11. Lead (as in a pencil).

  12. Eight pirates. (Each pirate has one leg, one arm, and one eye)

  13. A carrot. (Sounds like a “parrot”)

  14. When he’s ready to wolf down his food.

  15. A compass.

  16. The ocean.

  17. A buccaneer. (Buck-an-ear, again)

  18. Cloud.

  19. The hook.

  20. A sponge.

  21. Because they know how to hook the big ones.

  22. The letter “X” (marks the spot on a treasure map, but also symbolizes death).

  23. You might think it’s “R” (arrr), but his true love is the “C” (sea).

  24. He had a sore throat.

  25. A keyboard.

  26. To improve his arrrrticulation.

  27. Because they’ll just wash up on shore later.

  28. A rookie.

  29. Fire.

  30. Charrrr-grilled.

  31. A mirror.

  32. An Aye-aye captain.

  33. Captain Hooky.

  34. Because you can see right through them.

  35. Sunken treasure.

  36. Fame.

  37. To improve their depth perception.

  38. Post Office.

  39. When it’s a sail (sale).

  40. “R” logic (or “Arrgh” logic).

  41. An arm and a leg.

  42. Because he had bad “eye-sight.”

  43. Nothing, it just waved.

  44. Rated “Arrrr!”

  45. They both like cold climates and have a knack for fishing.

  46. They always get stuck at “C.”

  47. In their arrrmory.

  48. “Aye matey.”

  49. Nothing, they just waved.

  50. Charrrr-grilled.

  51. The carrot (sounds like “parrot”).
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