[ rahyl ]
/ raɪl /

verb (used with object), riled, ril·ing. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.

to irritate or vex.
to roil (water or the like).

Nearby words

  1. rijswijk,
  2. rikers island,
  3. rikishi,
  4. riksdag,
  5. riksmål,
  6. riley,
  7. riley, fort,
  8. riley, james whitcomb,
  9. riley-day syndrome,
  10. rilievo

Origin of rile

First recorded in 1815–25; variant of roil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rile

British Dictionary definitions for rile


/ (raɪl) /

verb (tr)

to annoy or anger; irritate
US and Canadian to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid

Word Origin for rile

C19: variant of roil

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Word Origin and History 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.

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