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Rile \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.

  2. To stir up in feelings; to make angry; to vex.

    Note: In both senses provincial in England and colloquial in the United States.


vb. (en-past of: rile)


adj. aroused to impatience or anger; "made an irritated gesture"; "feeling nettled from the constant teasing"; "peeved about being left out"; "felt really pissed at her snootiness"; "riled no end by his lies"; "roiled by the delay" [syn: annoyed, irritated, miffed, nettled, peeved, pissed, pissed off, roiled, steamed, stunng]

Usage examples of "riled".

  He larfed into my face, which rather Riled me, as I had been perfeckly virtoous and respectable in my observashuns.

She didn't prod him to get over this foolish vulnerability, guessing he'd get all riled up if she dared to use that word with him.

The longer you hold that prisoner, the more riled at you his rightful owners are going to get.

But she can be a caution when she's riled at you, and you've riled her enough already, hear?

He's likely riled about me stealing his walker and would know the Mountie knows his business.

He knew, just as everyone in town knew, who it was Edda Lou had riled up.

Maybe I shouldn't've brought in his kin since it was him that riled me.

She was getting riled over the Maclaurins' attitude and trying not to let it show.

She was getting all riled up, and he knew he should calm her by telling her he wasn't going to let any harm come to the noser, but Lord, she was such a joy to watch when she was angry.

Folks who get riled up and want to twist somebody's tail sort of calm down when they see one.

The grizzly was big, and, when riled, he was mean, but he wouldn't last — because he was fearless.

  I was a little riled at the feller, because I never take anythin only when I'm onwell.

  I began to git a little riled, fur when he called me a Myth he puncht me putty hard.

Our men liked to tell each other that Ed Watson always spoke more quiet the more he got riled up, but most of 'em had no idea what they was talking about.

The other three was drinking pretty good, that restless weather all that week before the storm had riled up everybody's nerves the way it will, and the nigra in the kitchen fixing supper heard everything they said about the Injun girl that Waller had found hanging in the boat shed.