an·​gry | \ ˈaŋ-grē How to pronounce angry (audio) \
angrier; angriest

Definition of angry

1 : feeling or showing anger an angry crowd
2a : indicative of or proceeding from anger angry words
b : seeming to show anger or to threaten in an angry manner an angry sky
3 : painfully inflamed an angry rash

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Other Words from angry

angrily \ ˈaŋ-​grə-​lē How to pronounce angrily (audio) \ adverb
angriness \ ˈaŋ-​grē-​nəs How to pronounce angriness (audio) \ noun

Examples of angry in a Sentence

I've never seen her look so angry. An angry crowd gathered outside the courthouse. I was angry that he had forgotten my birthday. What made you so angry? He got angry when he found out about their plans. He sent an angry letter to the company president. They had an argument and exchanged some angry words. She gave me an angry look.
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Recent Examples on the Web Alaskans were angry, and the movement quickly gathered speed, collecting 40,000 more signatures in just a month. NBC News, "Hampered by the pandemic, the movement to recall Alaska's governor adapts," 17 June 2020 Many Sanders supporters were angry when Warren did not endorse him for the nomination, however. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "More than 100 liberal activists urge Joe Biden to pick Elizabeth Warren as VP in letter," 16 June 2020 According to a press release from the Community Remembrance Project of Missouri, Harrington, then only 23, was murdered by an angry White mob that believed Harrington was responsible for the killing of a police officer earlier that day. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Kansas City Police Investigating After Lynching Victim Memorial Is Vandalized," 16 June 2020 African Americans were not the only targets; the same year, in Los Angeles, white mobs angry about a new racial threat attacked young Mexican American men. National Geographic, "2020 is not 1968: To understand today’s protests, you must look further back," 11 June 2020 In the same way that white folks are required to educate themselves about race issues, Africans too must take the time to find out about this struggle, and to understand why African Americans are so angry, hurt, and tired. Stephanie Busari, CNN, "What speaking to my daughter about George Floyd taught me about my race privilege as an African," 10 June 2020 This time where our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out, just wanting to be heard, begging and pleading and praying for change. Nick Romano,, "Dwayne Johnson speaks out against Trump in Black Lives Matter video," 4 June 2020 Democratic House Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, said Americans and New Jerseyans had the right to be angry. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, "Murphy: New Jersey largely avoids violence by working with protest organizers," 2 June 2020 In Dallas, a man wielding a machete was brutally beaten on video by an angry mob Saturday night. Fox News, "New York woman attacked outside business in disturbing video as looting, rioting grip Rochester, report says," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of angry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for angry

Middle English, "ill-tempered, resentful, incensed, vexing," from anger, angre "distress, affliction, hostile attitude, strong displeasure" + -y -y entry 1 — more at anger entry 1

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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Angry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of angry

: filled with anger : having a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed
: showing anger
literary : seeming to show anger : threatening or menacing


an·​gry | \ ˈaŋ-grē How to pronounce angry (audio) \
angrier; angriest

Kids Definition of angry

: feeling or showing great annoyance or displeasure : feeling or showing anger

Other Words from angry

angrily \ -​grə-​lē \ adverb shouting angrily

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