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Vocabulary to express ‘Anger’ in English.

How can you describe someone who is angry? These words and expressions can be used to describe different strengths of anger, from mild anger to rage.


Someone who is often in a bad mood and complains a lot (esp old people):

“He’s such a grumpy old man!”


Someone who is easily irritated:

“I hate it when you’re in a crotchety mood.”


When you are in a bad mood and speak sharply to people:

“She’s in a very snappy mood today.”

Get out of bed on the wrong side

Wake up in a bad mood:

“Don’t expect any sympathy from Joe. He got out of bed on the wrong side this morning.”

Be rubbed up the wrong way

To be put in a bad mood by someone:

“Don’t worry too much about him. He was rubbed up the wrong way when we started talking about promotion.”

Pissed off (British slang)

Very angry:

“I was really pissed off by her attitude.”


Very angry:

“I was absolutely livid when I found out.”

Spitting mad

Be very angry:

“He got me spitting mad!”

Like a red rag to a bull

Provoke someone to anger:

“Talking about politics is like a red rag to a bull to him.”

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3 thoughts on “Vocabulary to express ‘Anger’ in English.”

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  3. jaydobariya says:

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