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rile

[rahyl] /raɪl/
verb (used with object), riled, riling. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
1.
to irritate or vex.
2.
to roil (water or the like).
Origin of rile
1815-1825
1815-25; variant of roil
Synonyms
1. irk, annoy, provoke, chafe, nettle.
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  • I'd be so far away fr'm the multitood, Hinnissy, that they cud on'y distinguish me rile features with a spy-glass.

    Mr. Dooley's Philosophy Finley Peter Dunne
  • They rile me—that talk about 'people in the humbler walks of life.'

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • This disappointment at the absence of the constable was something pitiful, he did so want "to yank and rile the old Britisher."

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • And when you rile up at the rot about "'Arries Abroad," I agree.

  • But what used to rile me the most with him were 'is nasty, sneerin' ways at young Markham's friend, the Captain.

British Dictionary definitions for rile

rile

/raɪl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to annoy or anger; irritate
2.
(US & Canadian) to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
Word Origin
C19: variant of roil
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Word Origin and History for 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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