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riley

[rahy-lee]
adjective Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
  1. turbid; roily.
  2. angry; vexed.
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Origin of riley

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; rile + -y1

Riley

[rahy-lee]
noun
  1. James Whit·comb [hwit-kuh m, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt kəm, ˈwɪt-/, 1849–1916, U.S. poet.
  2. life of. life of Riley.
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Riley

1
noun
  1. Bridget (Louise). born 1931, English painter, best known for her black-and-white op art paintings of the 1960s
  2. Gina . born 1961, Australian television actress and writer, best known for playing 'Kim' in the comedy series Kath & Kim (2002–07)
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Riley

2
noun
  1. the life of Riley a luxurious and carefree existence
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Word Origin for Riley

C20: origin unknown
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Idioms and Phrases with riley

riley

see life of riley.

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