verb \ˈrī(-ə)l\

: to make (someone) angry : to irritate or annoy (someone)

: to make (someone) very excited


Full Definition of RILE

transitive verb
:  to make agitated and angry :  upset
:  roil 1

Examples of RILE

  1. Her comments riled the professor.
  2. <one sure way to rile me is to keep yelling for me>

Origin of RILE

variant of roil
First Known Use: 1624

Synonym Discussion of RILE

irritate, exasperate, nettle, provoke, rile, peeve mean to excite a feeling of anger or annoyance. irritate implies an often gradual arousing of angry feelings that may range from mere impatience to rage <constant nagging that irritated me greatly>. exasperate suggests galling annoyance and the arousing of extreme impatience <his exasperating habit of putting off needed decisions>. nettle suggests a sharp but passing annoyance or stinging <your pompous attitude nettled several people>. provoke implies an arousing of strong annoyance that may excite to action <remarks made solely to provoke her>. rile implies inducing an angry or resentful agitation <the new work schedules riled the employees>. peeve suggests arousing fretful often petty or querulous irritation <a toddler peeved at being refused a cookie>.

Rhymes with RILE

RILED Defined for Kids


verb \ˈrīl\

Definition of RILE for Kids

:  to make angry


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