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[roi-lee] /ˈrɔɪ li/
adjective, roilier, roiliest.
turbid; muddy.
Origin of roily
First recorded in 1815-25; roil + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


adjective roilier, roiliest
(rare) cloudy or muddy
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