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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rile mean? 

RILE (verb)
  The verb RILE has 2 senses:

1. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
2. make turbid by stirring up the sediments of

  Familiarity information: RILE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

RILE (verb)

Sense 1rile [BACK TO TOP]


Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


rile; nark; irritate; gravel; vex; devil; annoy; bother; nettle; rag; get at; chafe; get to

Context examples:

Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me / It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves

Hypernyms (to "rile" is one way to...):

displease (give displeasure to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rile"):

get; get under one's skin (irritate)

eat into; fret; grate; rankle (gnaw into; make resentful or angry)

peeve (cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful)

ruffle (trouble or vex)

fret (cause annoyance in)

beset; chevvy; chevy; chivvy; chivy; harass; harry; hassle; molest; plague; provoke (annoy continually or chronically)

antagonise; antagonize (provoke the hostility of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to rile Sue

Sense 2rile [BACK TO TOP]


Make turbid by stirring up the sediments of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


rile; roil

Hypernyms (to "rile" is one way to...):

agitate; commove; disturb; raise up; shake up; stir up; vex (change the arrangement or position of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rile"):

muddle; puddle (make into a puddle)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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