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riley

[rahy-lee] /ˈraɪ li/
adjective, Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
1.
turbid; roily.
2.
angry; vexed.
Origin of riley
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism; rile + -y1

Riley

[rahy-lee] /ˈraɪ li/
noun
1.
James Whitcomb
[hwit-kuh m,, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt kəm,, ˈwɪt-/ (Show IPA),
1849–1916, U.S. poet.
2.
life of, life of Riley.
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  • riley's eyes had opened in a sudden movement of consciousness.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • From the cable control shed the voice of riley was calling the depth.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • But what vexed him most of all was that Mr. riley took to following me about and wagging what he had of a tail at me.

    Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The same drops were falling from riley's hands that had touched that end.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • In all, with riley and the dwarf, there were eight of them in custody, and without ado they were hurried to the Strongburg jail.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for riley

Riley1

/ˈraɪlɪ/
noun
1.
Bridget (Louise). born 1931, English painter, best known for her black-and-white op art paintings of the 1960s
2.
Gina. born 1961, Australian television actress and writer, best known for playing 'Kim' in the comedy series Kath & Kim (2002–07)

Riley2

/ˈraɪlɪ/
noun
1.
the life of Riley, a luxurious and carefree existence
Word Origin
C20: origin unknown
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