rile

To rile someone is to annoy or bother them. For example, a friend might rile you by constantly texting when you're trying to have a conversation with her. You can also rile water, meaning you make it muddy by stirring it up.

The verb rile is derived from roil, and they basically mean the same thing. However, rile is more commonly used to mean "annoy" and roil mostly describes stirred liquid. If you rile up your sister, what you say makes gets her worked up, ready to argue with you. When a kid splashes around in the tub, the water is roiled — but if it gets all over the floor, his parents will be riled.

Definitions of rile
  1. verb
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, vex
    chafe
    feel extreme irritation or anger
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    get, get under one's skin
    irritate
    eat into, fester, fret, gnaw, 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
    goad, needle
    goad or provoke, as by constant criticism
    bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
    treat cruelly
    haze
    harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
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    displease
    give displeasure to
  2. verb
    make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
    synonyms: roil
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    muddle, puddle
    make into a puddle
    type of:
    agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex
    change the arrangement or position of
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