Definition of rile in English:

rile

Syllabification: rile
Pronunciation: /rīl
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • 1 informal Make (someone) annoyed or irritated: it was his air of knowing all the answers that riled her he’s getting you all riled up
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

early 19th century: variant of roil.

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