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Definition of "roily" [roil•y]

  • Full of sediment; muddy or cloudy. (adjective)
  • Turbulent; agitated. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "roily" in a sentence
  • "It's roily from the muddy banks and cold from recent rains or snowmelt, and you think: Finally, spring."
  • "I had started the day feeling so good and full of well-meaning intentions and now I felt all roily inside."
  • "If so, this gives credence to the comment from the senior author of the Chatham report, quoted in The New York Times article cited above, despite its pouring gasoline on the fire rather than oil on the roily waters."