: full of sediment or dregs : muddy
: turbulent
roily waters

Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roily was in 1823

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Cite this Entry

“Roily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roily. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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