From Middle English angry; see anger.


  • IPA(key): /ˈæŋ.ɡɹi/
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  • Rhymes: -æŋɡri


angry (comparative angrier, superlative angriest)

  1. Displaying or feeling anger.
    His face became angry.
    An angry mob started looting the warehouse.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.
  2. (said about a wound or a rash) Inflamed and painful.
    The broken glass left two angry cuts across my arm.
  3. (figuratively, said about the elements, like the sky or the sea) Dark and stormy, menacing.
    Angry clouds raced across the sky.

Usage notesEdit

  • The comparative more angry and the superlative most angry are also occasionally found.
  • The sense “feeling anger” is construed with with or at when the object is a person: I’m angry with/at my boss. It is construed with at or about when the object is a situation: I’m angry at/about what he said. When both a person and a situation are given, the latter is construed with for instead: I’m angry with/at my boss for what he said.


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Middle EnglishEdit

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From anger +‎ -y, from Old Norse angr (affliction, sorrow)



angry (superlative angriest)

  1. Angry; displaying angriness (usually of actions)
  2. Easily annoyed or angered; irous or spiteful.
  3. Severe, vexatious, ferocious, painful.

Derived termsEdit


  • English: angry
  • Scots: angry