- to irritate or vex.
- to roil (water or the like).
Origin of rile
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Examples from the Web for riling
Almost every aspect of the SarcMark succeeded in riling one commentator or another.The Rise and Fall of the Infamous SarcMark
September 24, 2013
The biggest political book of the season is riling up both sides of the pond.11 Revelations From Blair's Memoir
The Daily Beast
September 1, 2010
Palin could play a similar role in the 2012 primaries, riling up the base while appalling moderates and independents.Run, Sarah, Run!
July 23, 2009
We didn't let 'em know; we just 'peared, and walked past the house, riling them.
I've warned you against her a dozen times, Miss Marvin, but that's what you get for riling a jealous woman!For Gold or Soul?
Lurana W. Sheldon
It is sad to think that some carping critic had been riling the sweet soul of Nathan in the year 1732.The Galaxy
Togo was forward, amid crude surroundings, riling the brakemen with his disgusted disdain.The Book of Susan
Lee Wilson Dodd
Their Junkers, like ours, had drunk to The Day; and they should not have let us choose it after riling us for so many years.
- to annoy or anger; irritate
- US and Canadian to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
Word Origin and History for riling
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.