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[rahyl] /raɪl/
verb (used with object), riled, riling. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
to irritate or vex.
to roil (water or the like).
Origin of rile
1815-25; variant of roil
1. irk, annoy, provoke, chafe, nettle. Unabridged
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  • What riled him most in the nater of his occupation was that it kep' him out of society.

  • D'you remember that hammer when we were boys and you riled me, up in the long room?

    The First and The Last John Galsworthy
  • You'll get me riled, pretty soon, Martha; and if you do you'll wish you hadn't.

    Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad Edith Van Dyne
  • I apprehend he was riled at the little al-ter-cation we had just before you came on board.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • The boys is gettin' kind o' riled, fur they allow the game ain't on the square wuth a cent.

    The Denver Express A. A. Hayes
British Dictionary definitions for riled


verb (transitive)
to annoy or anger; irritate
(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 riled



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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