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verb (used with object), riled, ril·ing. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
  1. to irritate or vex.
  2. 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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Related Words for riled

annoy, disturb, roil, exasperate, peeve, bother, vex, inflame, irk, irritate, gall, provoke, aggravate, acerbate, nettle, pique, grate, bug

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Historical Examples of riled

  • "Hetty's riled because their wives wouldn't call upon her," he cried.

  • D'you remember that hammer when we were boys and you riled me, up in the long room?

    The First and The Last

    John Galsworthy

  • I apprehend he was riled at the little al-ter-cation we had just before you came on board.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Now you're riled," said the Cuckoo, sitting down easily on her bed.

  • And though the Texan could not tell what they said, their laughter “riled” him.

    The Free Lances

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for riled


verb (tr)
  1. to annoy or anger; irritate
  2. US and Canadian to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
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Word Origin for rile

C19: variant of roil
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Word Origin and History for riled



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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