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adjective, an·gri·er, an·gri·est.
  1. 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.
  2. expressing, caused by, or characterized by anger; wrathful: angry words.
  3. Chiefly New England and Midland U.S. inflamed, as a sore; exhibiting inflammation.
  4. (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.

Origin of angry

1275–1325; Middle English. See anger, -y1
Related formsan·gri·ly, adverban·gri·ness, nounhalf-an·gri·ly, adverbhalf-an·gry, adjectiveo·ver·an·gry, adjectiveun·an·gri·ly, adverbun·an·gry, adjective

Synonyms for angry

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

Antonyms for angry

1. calm. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for angry

Contemporary Examples of angry

Historical Examples of angry

  • The haughtiness of others can never make us angry, if we ourselves are humble.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "Now you are angry with me," exclaimed the sensitive maiden; and she burst into tears.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • He dislikes to have me visit Aspasia; and was angry because I danced with Alcibiades.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • I never had occasion to check or to use an angry word to one of my party.

  • But here, run away with my pen, I suffer my mother to be angry with me on her own account.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for angry


adjective -grier or -griest
  1. feeling or expressing annoyance, animosity, or resentment; enraged
  2. suggestive of angerangry clouds
  3. 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 angry

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