verb \ˈri(-ə)l, vt 2 is also ˈrī(-ə)l\

: to upset (someone or something) very much : to cause (someone or something) to become very agitated or disturbed

: to move in a violent and confused way

Full Definition of ROIL

transitive verb
a :  to make turbid by stirring up the sediment or dregs of
b :  to stir up :  disturb, disorder
:  rile 1
intransitive verb
:  to move turbulently :  be in a state of turbulence or agitation <conflicting emotions roiling inside her>

Examples of ROIL

  1. Financial markets have been roiled by the banking crisis.
  2. <the waters of the gulf tossed and roiled as the hurricane surged toward the shore>

Origin of ROIL

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1590

Related to ROIL

boil, churn, moil, seethe
delight, gratify, please

Rhymes with ROIL


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