- to render (water, wine, etc.) turbid by stirring up sediment.
- to disturb or disquiet; irritate; vex: to be roiled by a delay.
- to move or proceed turbulently.
Origin of roil
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Examples from the Web for roiled
While some polling shows a majority of ordinary Thais approve of martial law, the political class is roiled with suspicion.Thailand’s Non-Coup Coup
May 21, 2014
And while his remarks have roiled some in the Christian establishment, their net effect can only be beneficial for the church.Pope Francis’s Injunction to Get Back to Basics May Help American Christianity
October 6, 2013
The country has been roiled by a series of serious cultural and religious transgressions at the hands of U.S. troops.Afghanistan: Casualties of a Pre-Dawn Killing Spree
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
March 12, 2012
Protests have roiled even the most indifferent Russian regions, and “Russia Without Putin” movements are a common sight.Putin’s Biggest Threat: Billionaire Playboy Mikhail Prokhorov
March 2, 2012
Especially at a moment when buckets of blood are swirling in the roiled Republican waters.Obama Should Use Fighting Words in the 2012 State of the Union
January 24, 2012
When we got up to the place where they had been there were the little swirls in the roiled water.Tales of Fishes
The Chinaman roiled the piece of bamboo in his hands and that, too, disappeared.Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"
An Old Scout
The contents of its tube were roiled to the height of the mark which was lettered "Tornado."Blow The Man Down
With a rapid movement, she roiled up the paper and held it out to him.The Mystics
Katherine Cecil Thurston
"Yes, she does," said Craig with a complacence that roiled Arkwright.The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig
David Graham Phillips
- (tr) to make (a liquid) cloudy or turbid by stirring up dregs or sediment
- (intr) (esp of a liquid) to be agitated or disturbed
- (intr) dialect to be noisy or boisterous
- (tr) another word (now rare) for rile (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for roiled
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.