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rile

[ rahyl ]
/ raɪl /
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verb (used with object), riled, ril·ing.Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.

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

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Origin of rile

First recorded in 1815–25; variant of roil
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British Dictionary definitions for rile

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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