Roil \Roil\, v. i. 1. To wander; to roam. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. To romp. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

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  • roil — (v.) 1590, probably from M.Fr. rouiller to rust, make muddy, from O.Fr. rouil mud, rust, from V.L. *robicula, from L. robigo rust (see ROBUST (Cf. robust)). M.E. roil meant to roam or rove about. Related: Roiled; roiling …   Etymology dictionary

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  • roil — verb /ɹɔɪl/ a) To render turbid by stirring up the dregs or sediment of to roil wine, cider, etc, in casks or bottles b) To annoy; to make someone angry. to roil a spring …   Wiktionary

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  • roil — verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1590 transitive verb 1. a. to make turbid by stirring up the sediment or dregs of b. to stir up ; disturb, disorder < changes that have roiled the country > 2. rile …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • roil — /royl/, v.t. 1. to render (water, wine, etc.) turbid by stirring up sediment. 2. to disturb or disquiet; irritate; vex: to be roiled by a delay. v.i. 3. to move or proceed turbulently. [1580 90; orig. uncert.] Syn. 2. annoy, fret, ruffle,… …   Universalium

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