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[roil] /rɔɪl/
verb (used with object)
to render (water, wine, etc.) turbid by stirring up sediment.
to disturb or disquiet; irritate; vex:
to be roiled by a delay.
verb (used without object)
to move or proceed turbulently.
Origin of roil
1580-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
unroiled, adjective
Can be confused
roil, royal.
2. annoy, fret, ruffle, exasperate, provoke, rile. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for roiled
  • Coffee so made should be served from range, as much motion causes it to become roiled.
  • After centuries of political stability, a series of military coups roiled the empire.
  • Adelies hop from one block to another and enjoy the action as the blocks are roiled by the water.
  • Today astronomers recognize the medium as a protean atmosphere roiled by supernova explosions.
  • He braved the harshest of conditions, threats of violence, and the intrigue that roiled the treasure hunting of his day.
  • The games were in the red and roiled by allegations of bribery.
  • Instant wealth has roiled the lives of lottery winners.
  • Evolution has roiled state and local school boards for years.
  • And the global population approaches seven billion in a world roiled by economic turmoil and political transition.
  • We are watching the state's tax receipts and budget projections closely as the financial markets remain roiled.
British Dictionary definitions for roiled


(transitive) to make (a liquid) cloudy or turbid by stirring up dregs or sediment
(intransitive) (esp of a liquid) to be agitated or disturbed
(intransitive) (dialect) to be noisy or boisterous
(transitive) another word (now rare) for rile (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin; compare rile
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Word Origin and History for roiled



1580s, of uncertain origin, probably from Middle French rouiller "to rust, make muddy," from Old French roil "mud, muck, rust" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *robicula, from Latin robigo "rust" (see robust). An earlier borrowing of the French verb is Middle English roil "to roam or rove about" (early 14c.). Related: Roiled; roiling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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