verb (used with object), riled, ril·ing. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
- rikers island,
- riley, fort,
- riley, james whitcomb,
- riley-day syndrome,
Origin of rile
Examples from the Web for rile
For well over a century, artists have been trying to rile us, making us question ourselves and our society.
Sheikh Hamza, however, refused to join in and rile up the people.
Michael Tomasky says they can't win the swing vote, so they're going with Plan B: Rile up the base.Mitt Romney’s Last-Ditch Strategy: Inflame the Base|Michael Tomasky|September 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In other words, they want more than anything else not to rile up liberals.
Limbaugh became a radio powerhouse, and a leader of the Republican Party, through withering attacks that rile up his base.Why Rush Limbaugh’s Apology for Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Remarks Bombed|Howard Kurtz|March 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
His p. 156letters in the papers used to rile my people terribly.The Gypsy's Parson|George Hall
But his father has a grip on the worst elements here, and everyone seems afraid to rile up the old wrecker.Darry the Life Saver|Frank V. Webster
They rile me—that talk about 'people in the humbler walks of life.'The Spenders|Harry Leon Wilson
But it does rile me to hear that one of these fellows has called himself a newspaper man.The Colossus|Opie Read
It seemed to Myron that the chap deliberately sought him out in order to rile him.Full-Back Foster|Ralph Henry Barbour
Word Origin for rile
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.