verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of roil
Examples from the Web for roil
Like it or not, ethnicity, assimilation and wages are the same the currents that roil immigration.Supreme Court on Gay Marriage, Voting Rights, and More|Lloyd Green|June 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A year after the fall of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, violence continues to roil Libya, heightening fears that the revolution could fail.
The poet Mary Oliver tells us to row, row into the swirl and roil.David McCullough at Wellesley Commencement: ‘You Are Not Special’ (Video)|The Daily Beast|June 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And markets in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Japan, and China continue to roil.Mark McKinnon: Why the Euro Crisis Matters to Americans|Mark McKinnon|June 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I know you told me not to roil round and so forth, but I knew you didn't mean it.The Little Warrior|P. G. Wodehouse
He said boast an roil, an he meant roast an boil em, didnt he?The Bobbsey Twins at Cedar Camp|Laura Lee Hope
The house being near the head, there will not water enough get into the spring, in any storm, to roil the water.Soil Culture|J. H. Walden
British Dictionary definitions for roil
Word Origin for roil
Word Origin and History for roil
1580s, of uncertain origin, probably from Middle French rouiller "to rust, make muddy," from Old French roil "mud, muck, rust" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *robicula, from Latin robigo "rust" (see robust). An earlier borrowing of the French verb is Middle English roil "to roam or rove about" (early 14c.). Related: Roiled; roiling.