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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).
1815-25; variant of roil
1. irk, annoy, provoke, chafe, nettle. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • However, one aspect that gets people are riled is whether drilling into areas of active magmatism might actually cause volcanism.
  • McCarthy riled up the public, while civil rights leaders were jailed.
  • The trial has riled his many fans in the marijuana community, but its implications are far broader.
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  • When he finally blubbers out his failures, there's nothing on the list that ought to get a metaphysical vigilante so riled up.
  • The episode airs tonight and it already has some people riled up.
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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