Definition of Riley in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪli/


(in phrase the life of Riley) informal
A luxurious or carefree existence: all the older boys are driving big expensive cars and living the life of Riley
More example sentences
  • I took out three student loans and lived the life of Riley.
  • She said: ‘We may feel the Asian community is poor but by the standards of rural Pakistan, they are living the life of Riley.’
  • She laughs: ‘With just one hit single you can live the life of Riley - who knows, you could even find yourself with enough money to afford to write a book.’


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with Riley

drily, kylie, shyly, slyly, smiley, Smily, wily, wryly

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