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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • When they endeavored to lend a hand to the helpless seaman he had sunk beneath the surface of the roily stream.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • 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
  • He spurred his plucky little horse into the roily, turbulent flood, closely followed by the others as he had instructed.

  • 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
  • roily is built on a hill, or, rather, on a mound which overlooks a great stretch of prairie.

  • The long stone slides were glistening wet, and the brooks ran full-banked, noisy and turbulent and roily.

British Dictionary definitions for roily


adjective roilier, roiliest
(rare) cloudy or muddy
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