transitive verb (riled; riling) Etymology: variant of roil Date: 1624 1. to make agitated and angry ; upset 2. roil 1 Synonyms: see irritate

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  • Rile — (r[imac]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Riled} (r[imac]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Riling}.] [See {Roil}.] 1. To render turbid or muddy; to stir up; to roil. [1913 Webster] 2. To stir up in feelings; to make angry; to vex. [1913 Webster] Note: In both senses… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rile — Rile, Gerhard von, Architekt, s. Gerhard 1) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • rile — index badger, bait (harass), disaffect, discompose, harry (harass), incense, irritate …   Law dictionary

  • rile — [raıl] v [T] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: roil] informal to make someone extremely angry ▪ He was the calmest guy I ever knew nothing ever riled him. ▪ That class gets me so riled up …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rile — [ raıl ] verb transitive to annoy someone: The president s outspoken remarks have riled conservatives …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rile — (v.) 1825, American English spelling alteration to reflect a dialectal pronunciation of ROIL (Cf. roil) (q.v.); Cf. heist from hoist. Related: Riled; riling …   Etymology dictionary

  • rile — [v] anger, upset acerbate, aggravate, annoy, bother, bug*, disturb, exasperate, gall, get one’s goat*, get under skin*, grate, inflame, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pique, provoke, put out*, roil, rub one the wrong way*, try one’s patience*,… …   New thesaurus

  • rile — ► VERB informal ▪ annoy or irritate. ORIGIN variant of ROIL(Cf. ↑roil) …   English terms dictionary

  • rile — [rīl] vt. riled, riling [var. of ROIL] [Informal or Dial.] Informal Dial. 1. ROIL 2. to anger; irritate …   English World dictionary

  • rile — feb·rile; rile; scur·rile; …   English syllables

  • rile — verb a) to make angry Money problems rile the underpaid worker every day. b) to stir or move from a state of calm or order Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really rile me. Syn: aggravate, anger, annoy, get …   Wiktionary

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