- 1 • informal Make (someone) annoyed or irritated: he has been riled by suggestions that his Arsenal future is in doubtMore example sentences
irritate, annoy, bother, vex, provoke, displease, upset, offend, affront, anger, exasperate, infuriate, gall, irk, get/put someone's back up, disgruntle, pique, rankle with, nettle, needle, ruffle, get on someone's nerves, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, rub up the wrong way• informal peeve, aggravate, miff, get, get to, bug, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, hack off, get someone's goat• vulgar slang piss offBritish • vulgar slang get on someone's tits• rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
- 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 riledMore 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.