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rile

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verb \ˈrī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of rile

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

  • : to make (someone) very excited

Full Definition of rile

riledril·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make agitated and angry :  upset

  3. 2 :  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



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