[ roil ]
See synonyms for: roilroiledroilingroils on

verb (used with object)
  1. to render (water, wine, etc.) turbid by stirring up sediment.

  2. to disturb or disquiet; irritate; vex: to be roiled by a delay.

verb (used without object)
  1. to move or proceed turbulently.

Origin of roil

First recorded in 1580–90; origin uncertain

Other words for roil

Other words from roil

  • un·roiled, adjective

Words that may be confused with roil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use roil in a sentence

  • Add sufficient Graham flour to make a rather stiff dough, knead thoroughly, shape into roils, and bake.

    Science in the Kitchen. | Mrs. E. E. Kellogg

British Dictionary definitions for roil


/ (rɔɪl) /

  1. (tr) to make (a liquid) cloudy or turbid by stirring up dregs or sediment

  2. (intr) (esp of a liquid) to be agitated or disturbed

  1. (intr) dialect to be noisy or boisterous

  2. (tr) another word (now rare) for rile (def. 1)

Origin of roil

C16: of unknown origin; compare rile

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