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rile

[rahyl] /raɪl/
verb (used with object), riled, riling. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
1.
to irritate or vex.
2.
to roil (water or the like).
Origin of rile
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; variant of roil
Synonyms
1. irk, annoy, provoke, chafe, nettle.
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  • 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 Elizabeth Cooper
  • 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
  • In the home of riles I am afraid you have seen but little self-control in any form.

    The Bail Jumper Robert J. C. Stead
  • When you chuck it 'em as you dash by, it riles wus than the row and the dust!

  • Them that likes masters and mistresses may have them, for all me; but it riles me to meet with meanness.

    Wyandotte James Fenimore Cooper
  • It riles her, and a riled woman burns up things: masters, husbands, cooking or worse.

    The Daredevil

    Maria Thompson Daviess
  • That's the way your mind works when you are with her, till it seems a plain waste of time, and riles you way down to the ground.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
British Dictionary definitions for riles

rile

/raɪl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to annoy or anger; irritate
2.
(US & Canadian) to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
Word Origin
C19: variant of roil
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Word Origin and History for riles

rile

v.

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.

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