rile

[rahyl]
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:
1815–25; variant of roil


1. irk, annoy, provoke, chafe, nettle.
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rile (raɪl)
 
vb
1.  to annoy or anger; irritate
2.  (US), (Canadian) to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
 
[C19: variant of roil]

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rile
1825, Amer.Eng. spelling alteration to reflect a dialectal pronunciation of roil (q.v.); cf. heist from hoist.
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Example sentences
People get all riled up when they got some negative comments for their posts.
Some sports seem to get people more easily riled up than others.
Our emotional limbic system seeks homeostasis-it tries to reset to calmer
  functional defaults when it's been riled up.
Any time reality pokes its unwanted head in, things get riled up.
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