the life of Riley

Definition of the life of Riley

informal + somewhat old-fashioned

  1. :  a happy and comfortable life with few problems He's been living/leading the life of Riley.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

    :  a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

    :  an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. :  of or relating to animate being

    :  lifelong

    :  using a living model

rileyplay Riley
  1. :  turbid

    :  angry

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