roil

[ roil ]
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verb (used with object)

to render (water, wine, etc.) turbid by stirring up sediment.
to disturb or disquiet; irritate; vex: to be roiled by a delay.

verb (used without object)

to move or proceed turbulently.

Nearby words

  1. rohrer, heinrich,
  2. rohypnol,
  3. roi,
  4. roid,
  5. roid rage,
  6. roily,
  7. roister,
  8. rojak,
  9. rojas,
  10. rojas, fernando de

Origin of roil

First recorded in 1580–90; origin uncertain

Related formsun·roiled, adjective

Can be confusedroil royal

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British Dictionary definitions for roiled

roil

/ (rɔɪl) /

verb

(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 for roil

C16: of unknown origin; compare rile

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Word Origin and History for roiled

roil

v.

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.

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