[ ang-gree ]
/ ˈæŋ gri /

adjective, an·gri·er, an·gri·est.

feeling or showing anger or strong resentment (usually followed by at, with, or about): to be angry at the dean; to be angry about the snub.
expressing, caused by, or characterized by anger; wrathful: angry words.
Chiefly New England and Midland U.S. inflamed, as a sore; exhibiting inflammation.
(of an object or phenomenon) exhibiting a characteristic or creating a mood associated with anger or danger, as by color, sound, force, etc.: an angry sea; the boom of angry guns.

Nearby words

  1. angra do heroismo,
  2. angra do heroísmo,
  3. angra mainyu,
  4. angrboda,
  5. angrily,
  6. angry young man,
  7. angry young men,
  8. angst,
  9. angstrom,
  10. angsty

Origin of angry

1275–1325; Middle English. See anger, -y1

1. irate, incensed, enraged, infuriated, furious, mad; provoked, irritated.

1. calm.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for angriness


/ (ˈæŋɡrɪ) /

adjective -grier or -griest

feeling or expressing annoyance, animosity, or resentment; enraged
suggestive of angerangry clouds
severely inflamedan angry sore
Derived Formsangrily, adverb


It was formerly considered incorrect to talk about being angry at a person, but this use is now acceptable

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Word Origin and History for angriness



late 14c., from anger (n.) + -y (2). Originally "full of trouble, vexatious;" sense of "enraged, irate" also is from late 14c. The Old Norse adjective was ongrfullr "sorrowful," and Middle English had angerful "anxious, eager" (mid-13c.). The phrase angry young man dates to 1941 but was popularized in reference to the play "Look Back in Anger" (produced 1956) though it does not occur in that work.

"There are three words in the English language that end in -gry. Two of them are angry and hungry. What is the third?" There is no third (except some extremely obscure ones). Richard Lederer calls this "one of the most outrageous and time-wasting linguistic hoaxes in our nation's history" and traces it to a New York TV quiz show from early 1975.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper