riley

adjective
ril·ey | \ˈrī-lē \

Definition of riley 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : turbid

2 : angry

Riley

biographical name
Ri·ley | \ˈrī-lē \

Definition of Riley (Entry 2 of 2)

James Whit*comb \ˈhwit-kəm, ˈwit-\ 1849–1916 American poet

Examples of riley in a Sentence

Adjective

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

First Known Use of riley

Adjective

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about riley

Dictionary Entries near riley

Riksmål

rilawa

rile

riley

Riley

Rilke

rill

Phrases Related to riley

the life of Riley

Statistics for riley

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for riley

The first known use of riley was in 1805

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on riley

See words that rhyme with riley

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for riley

Comments on riley

What made you want to look up riley? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!