- 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.
Origin of angry
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Examples from the Web for angry
To borrow an old right-wing talking point, these people are angry no matter what we do.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire
January 8, 2015
Desert Golfing is the distillation of Angry Birds into its purest essence.
But since that explosion of popularity, Angry Birds has become about everything else.
And in this way, it follows not what Angry Birds became, but how it began.
Angry Birds at its simplest was the same way, though you wanted to watch things collapse and explode.
"Now you are angry with me," exclaimed the sensitive maiden; and she burst into tears.
He dislikes to have me visit Aspasia; and was angry because I danced with Alcibiades.
The haughtiness of others can never make us angry, if we ourselves are humble.
I never had occasion to check or to use an angry word to one of my party.Explorations in Australia
They are angry also, as I understand, with my mother, for returning his compliment.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- feeling or expressing annoyance, animosity, or resentment; enraged
- suggestive of angerangry clouds
- severely inflamedan angry sore
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.