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roily

[roi-lee] /ˈrɔɪ li/
adjective, roilier, roiliest.
1.
turbid; muddy.
2.
Origin of roily
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; roil + -y1
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Examples from the Web for roily
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  • The grass very tender and succulent, the streams full and roily.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • The water was not roily, but of a rich coffee-color, from the leachings of the woods.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • No; I need a buckler till all this roily water subsides and clears.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn

    Harold MacGrath
  • His own thoughts were as that roily pool where he had ducked the old man in the darkness.

    In Exile and Other Stories Mary Hallock Foote
  • The water was choppy and roily, the canoe bobbed a good deal, the anchors dragged, and we did not see any fish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Then the Sioux plunged their feverish faces into the roily water and drank as eagerly as the ponies.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • He climbed out, shook himself and sent a roily spray flying in all directions.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • roily is built on a hill, or, rather, on a mound which overlooks a great stretch of prairie.

  • How his roily thoughts would run clear; how the sediment would go downstream!

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • Wind, rain, roily, shoaly seas breaking clear over the ship across decks drove Cook out from land to deeper water.

    Vikings of the Pacific

    Agnes C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for roily

roily

/ˈrɔɪlɪ/
adjective roilier, roiliest
1.
(rare) cloudy or muddy
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