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roil

[roil] /rɔɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to render (water, wine, etc.) turbid by stirring up sediment.
2.
to disturb or disquiet; irritate; vex:
to be roiled by a delay.
verb (used without object)
3.
to move or proceed turbulently.
Origin of roil
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
unroiled, adjective
Can be confused
roil, royal.
Synonyms
2. annoy, fret, ruffle, exasperate, provoke, rile.
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Examples from the Web for roiled
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  • When we got up to the place where they had been there were the little swirls in the roiled water.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The Chinaman roiled the piece of bamboo in his hands and that, too, disappeared.

  • The contents of its tube were roiled to the height of the mark which was lettered "Tornado."

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • With a rapid movement, she roiled up the paper and held it out to him.

    The Mystics

    Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • "Yes, she does," said Craig with a complacence that roiled Arkwright.

British Dictionary definitions for roiled

roil

/rɔɪl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make (a liquid) cloudy or turbid by stirring up dregs or sediment
2.
(intransitive) (esp of a liquid) to be agitated or disturbed
3.
(intransitive) (dialect) to be noisy or boisterous
4.
(transitive) another word (now rare) for rile (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin; compare rile
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Word Origin and History for roiled

roil

v.

1580s, of uncertain origin, probably from Middle French rouiller "to rust, make muddy," from Old French roil "mud, muck, rust" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *robicula, from Latin robigo "rust" (see robust). An earlier borrowing of the French verb is Middle English roil "to roam or rove about" (early 14c.). Related: Roiled; roiling.

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