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rile (v.)

"excite, disturb, vex, annoy," 1825, American English spelling alteration to reflect a dialectal pronunciation of roil (q.v.) in a figurative sense. Compare heist from hoist and in the same era spile for spoil (v.). Bartlett writes that in both England and America roil "is now commonly pronounced and written rile" ["Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]. With up by 1844. In the sense of "make (liquid) thick or turbid by stirring up," by 1838. Related: Riled; riling.

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Definitions of rile from WordNet

rile (v.)
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations;
Synonyms: annoy / rag / get to / bother / get at / irritate / nark / nettle / gravel / vex / chafe / devil
rile (v.)
make turbid by stirring up the sediments of;
Synonyms: roil
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