- to irritate or vex.
- to roil (water or the like).
Origin of rile
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Examples from the Web for riles
Thet is, he's cruel when I riles him, as I got a habit o' doin'.Mary Louise in the Country
L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
The idea of his threatenin' to shoot me with my own gun; that's what riles me most.Canoe Boys and Campfires
William Murray Graydon
I jest can't put my finger on the spot that riles me, but that man riles me.Drusilla with a Million
About that, too, there is something that riles the New England blood in my veins.Phemie Frost's Experiences
Ann S. Stephens
In the home of Riles I am afraid you have seen but little self-control in any form.The Bail Jumper
Robert J. C. Stead
- to annoy or anger; irritate
- US and Canadian to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
Word Origin and History for riles
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.