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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 roiling
  • These hydrophones, as they're called, can pick up the sound of the roiling and churning waves caused by a hurricane.
  • Even if that war subsides, the worsening economy will likely inflame a roiling secessionist movement in the south.
  • As with all great challenges that have confronted mankind, the roiling climate will churn out winners and losers.
  • At this distance no one can be sure what sort of animals are roiling the sea.
  • When it comes to a roiling boil, you put the fish in it.
  • Then, when the water is roiling towards vaporization, the kettle clicks off.
  • The organization seeks to calm some of music's roiling waters, from unlawful sampling to file-sharing.
  • Their songs return again and again to a specific brand of immobility-the unchanging face that conceals a roiling heart.
  • But no aspect of the playwright's roiling opus was more famous, in his own day, than his penchant for portraying deranged females.
  • The super cell moves in with an immense, dark, roiling tapestry of clouds that leaves us gaping.
British Dictionary definitions for roiling


(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 roiling



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.

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