- to irritate or vex.
- to roil (water or the like).
Origin of rile
SynonymsSee more synonyms for rile on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for riled
When he was at the U.S. Open and there were so many different matches, or whatever, and he gets the fan so riled up.Comedy’s R-Rated Queen Amy Schumer Is Raunchier Than Ever
March 31, 2014
Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods.Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience
February 23, 2014
That last comment crystallizes why the respective fan groups get so riled up when their franchises are pitted against each other.Will ‘Hunger Games’ Fans and ‘Twilight’ Fans Ever Get Along?
November 20, 2013
What was it about Wicked that got critics so riled up a decade ago?A ‘Wicked’ Decade: How a Critically Trashed Musical Became a Long-Running Smash
October 30, 2013
So what has Kerry done that's riled up both sides of the conflict?Israelis And Palestinians Blast Kerry For Peace Efforts
May 17, 2013
"Hetty's riled because their wives wouldn't call upon her," he cried.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
D'you remember that hammer when we were boys and you riled me, up in the long room?The First and The Last
I apprehend he was riled at the little al-ter-cation we had just before you came on board.The Rescue
"Now you're riled," said the Cuckoo, sitting down easily on her bed.For the Sake of the School
And though the Texan could not tell what they said, their laughter “riled” him.The Free Lances
- to annoy or anger; irritate
- US and Canadian to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
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.