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Friday, April 25, 2014

Definitions for rile

  1. to irritate or vex.
  2. to roil (water or the like).

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Citations for rile
You mayn't like him, but don't say anything to rile him; he's the key to this proposition. Henry De Vere Stacpoole, The Gold Trail, 1916
“It wasn't losing the land that seems to rile Houston,” a third said. “Not that he don't rile easy." “I see," Ratliff said again. William Faulkner, The Hamlet, 1940
Origin of rile
1815-1825
Rile is a variant of roil that arose in the early 1800s.