from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To stir to anger. See Synonyms at annoy.
- transitive v. To stir up (liquid); roil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to make angry
- v. to stir or move from a state of calm or order
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To render turbid or muddy; to stir up; to roil.
- transitive v. To stir up in feelings; to make angry; to vex.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A dialectal variant of roil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
- v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
I will be frank: there are some things that you write that "rile" me.
"I should 'rile' you, too, if I were with you long, for I get 'riled' myself sometimes."
A remark which helped to "rile" Colonel Ormonde, and he said little more till they reached their destination, and both retired to enjoy the luxury of a bath before dressing for dinner.
Read more, study a little, and try to meet a better class of people, who won't "rile", but soothe and strengthen you.
Evolutionary psychology: Didn't you know that this stuff is supposed to "rile" you?
Michael O'Donnell's Barnes and Noble book review of Denis Dutton's The Art Instinct does its best to make the case for evolutionary psychology in the arts, a book that will supposedly "rile" many readers - but will probably make far more wonder why they don't just watch the afternoon soaps.
To see the arm of a beautiful English young lady passed through that of 'a nigger, 'taking ices and other refreshments with him, upon terms of the most perfect equality, certainly was enough to' rile, 'and evidently did' rile 'the slave-holders who beheld it; but there was no help for it.
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"rile" many readers - but will probably make far more wonder why they don't just watch the afternoon soaps.
Well, I never meant to draw any conclusions at all, and am very sorry that the only one I was beguiled into should "rile" (338/2.
Stressing that the tactic of trying to "rile" Obama has backfired, he said: "All it's done is dissipate McCain's own brand value as a really nice guy and an independent-minded maverick senator who's an expert on defence and security issues.