riled


riled

verb (used with object), riled, ril·ing. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.

  1. to irritate or vex.
  2. to roil (water or the like).

verb (tr)

  1. to annoy or anger; irritate
  2. US and Canadian to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
v.

1825, American English spelling alteration to reflect a dialectal pronunciation of roil (q.v.); cf. heist from hoist and in the same era spile for spoil (v.). Bartlett writes that in both England and America roil “is now commonly pronounced and written rile” [“Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1848]. Related: Riled; riling.

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