- to irritate or vex.
- to roil (water or the like).
Origin of rile
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Examples from the Web for riles
Thet is, he's cruel when I riles him, as I got a habit o' doin'.Mary Louise in the Country
L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
The idea of his threatenin' to shoot me with my own gun; that's what riles me most.Canoe Boys and Campfires
William Murray Graydon
I jest can't put my finger on the spot that riles me, but that man riles me.Drusilla with a Million
About that, too, there is something that riles the New England blood in my veins.Phemie Frost's Experiences
Ann S. Stephens
Could Mr. Riles spare London from nine to eleven for a job like that?The Bail Jumper
Robert J. C. Stead
- to annoy or anger; irritate
- US and Canadian to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
Word Origin and History for riles
1825, American English spelling alteration to reflect a dialectal pronunciation of roil (q.v.); cf. heist from hoist and in the same era spile for spoil (v.). Bartlett writes that in both England and America roil "is now commonly pronounced and written rile" ["Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]. Related: Riled; riling.