Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To riddle; sift; separate or throw off.
  • A reduction (as an exclamation) of reet, dialectal form of right: used in driving horses.
  • Wild; outrageous; crazy.
  • Half-drunk; tipsy.
  • noun A state of temporary delirium.
  • noun A river; a flood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See rei.
  • transitive verb Obs. or Prov. Eng. To riddle; to sift; to separate or throw off.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative form of rei.
  • verb obsolete, UK, dialect To riddle; to sift; to separate or throw off.
  • adjective Wild; fierce; outrageous; overexcited; frenzied; delirious; crazy.
  • adjective Befuddled with liquor; half-drunk; tipsy.
  • noun A state of befuddlement; intoxication.
  • noun A state of great excitement or frenzy.
  • verb intransitive To become extremely excited; fly into a rage.
  • verb transitive To drive into a state of excitement; fire with enthusiasm.

Etymologies

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Compare riddle a sieve.

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From Middle English rei, reh, reoh, from Old English hrēoh ("rough, fierce, wild, angry, disturbed, troubled, stormy, tempestuous"), from Proto-Germanic *hreuhaz (“bad, wild”), from Proto-Indo-European *krewa- (“raw meat, fresh blood”). Cognate with Scots ree, rae, ray ("ree"), Old Saxon hrē ("evil, bad, angry"), Gothic  (raúhtjan, "to become angry, rage against"). Related to Old English hrēaw ("raw, uncooked"). More at raw.

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