ril·​ey ˈrī-lē How to pronounce riley (audio)
: turbid
: angry

Examples of riley in a Sentence

some visibly riley people were lined up in the customer service department take care not to stir up the bottom of the stream when you fill the dipper, or your water will be riley

Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of riley was in 1805

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Cite this Entry

“Riley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ri·​ley ˈrī-lē How to pronounce Riley (audio)
James Whit*comb ˈ(h)wit-kəm How to pronounce Riley (audio) 1849–1916 American poet
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