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Definition of rile in English:


[with object]
1 informal Make (someone) annoyed or irritated: he has been riled by suggestions that his Arsenal future is in doubt
More example sentences
  • Certainly, when she was riled up enough about something she became nearly as intimidating as Jess.
  • She looked so calm and relaxed while I was riled up inside.
  • Alec had always been more patient than most, but if he was riled up, there was no changing his mind.
2North American Make (water) turbulent or muddy: he’d been drinking sweet, clear water from a well, and now that water had been muddied and riled
More example sentences
  • It was expected that the heavy rain would rile the water and drive the trout farther. upstream
  • The water was riled by the wind and waves and I did not feel like a morning swim in the cloudy water.


Early 19th century: variant of roil.

  • Rile ‘to anger’ and roil ‘to anger or to churn’ (late 16th century) are both the same word probably from Old French ruiler ‘mix mortar’.

Words that rhyme with rile

aisle, Argyle, awhile, beguile, bile, Carlisle, Carlyle, compile, De Stijl, ensile, file, guile, I'll, interfile, isle, Kabyle, kyle, lisle, Lyle, Mikhail, mile, Nile, pile, rank-and-file, resile, Ryle, Sieg Heil, smile, spile, stile, style, tile, vile, Weil, while, wile, worthwhile
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