- to irritate or vex.
- to roil (water or the like).
Origin of rile
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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.The Big Idea: Why Forgeries Are Great Art
April 25, 2013
Sheikh Hamza, however, refused to join in and rile up the people.Iraq War, 10th Anniversary: The Last Grand Mufti
John Kael Weston
March 21, 2013
First, to rile up white people about black people and let their lurid imaginations roam.And Ryan Weighs In: "Net Dependent"? Please
September 18, 2012
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
September 16, 2012
In other words, they want more than anything else not to rile up liberals.My Supreme Court-Health Care Prediction
June 27, 2012
They rile me—that talk about 'people in the humbler walks of life.'The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
An' arter a day or two ye come back an' look agin, an' where's the rile?Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
His p. 156letters in the papers used to rile my people terribly.The Gypsy's Parson
And when you rile up at the rot about "'Arries Abroad," I agree.
Rile some other pool with your clumsy hoofs, and let your betters alone after this!The Emerald City of Oz
L. Frank Baum
- to annoy or anger; irritate
- US and Canadian to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
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.