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rile

[rahyl]
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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

Synonyms

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1. irk, annoy, provoke, chafe, nettle.
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Examples from the Web for riling

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Historical Examples

  • We didn't let 'em know; we just 'peared, and walked past the house, riling them.

  • I've warned you against her a dozen times, Miss Marvin, but that's what you get for riling a jealous woman!

    For Gold or Soul?

    Lurana W. Sheldon

  • It is sad to think that some carping critic had been riling the sweet soul of Nathan in the year 1732.

    The Galaxy

    Various

  • Togo was forward, amid crude surroundings, riling the brakemen with his disgusted disdain.

    The Book of Susan

    Lee Wilson Dodd

  • Their Junkers, like ours, had drunk to The Day; and they should not have let us choose it after riling us for so many years.


British Dictionary definitions for riling

rile

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

C19: variant of roil
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Word Origin and History for riling

rile

v.

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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