Meaning of ROIL in English


I. ˈrȯil, esp before pause or consonant -ȯiəl verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown

transitive verb


a. : to make turbid by stirring up the sediment or dregs

something of the rubbery aspect of fish seen under roiled water — John McCarten

looked down into the roiled wine — Lionel Trilling

b. : to stir up : disturb , disorder

fine white marl which becomes … roiled by the waves — S.E.Morison

activities … certain to keep American politics roiled — Douglass Adair

2. : rile 2

she's trying to be clever … don't let her roil you — Frances G. Patton

intransitive verb

1. : to move turbently from one place to another

the clouds roiled up about the dome again and hid it — W.A.Dorrance

the chatter of that busy little beck as it roiled over its shallows — T.B.Costain

2. : to be in a state of turbulence

the air roiled and eddied in the heat — Richard Thruelsen & Elliot Arnold

floods from … roiling gullies — Time

Synonyms: see irritate

II. noun

( -s )

1. : agitation

feeling the roil of waters on the flanks, the dangerous turbulence — Richard Eberhart

2. : a small section of rapidly moving turbulent water

the river showed steely roils of slick water — H.L.Davis

III. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown

dialect England : to romp or play especially in a rough manner

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