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Language tip of the week: feeling a little angry

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore different ways to talk about emotions. This week’s tip looks at words and phrases you can use instead of angry to talk about feeling a little angry.



annoyed slightly angry about something that has happened:
She sounded pretty annoyed on the phone. ♦ He was clearly annoyed about something. 
irritated slightly angry about something, especially a bad situation that is continuing:
I was beginning to get irritated at the long delay.
cross slightly angry. Cross is used especially by children or when speaking to children:
You don’t want me to get cross, do you? ♦ I’m cross with her for lying.
peeved annoyed, especially about something that is not important:
I could tell he was peeved with me by the tone of his voice. ♦ The guide was a little peeved at not getting a tip.
put out annoyed or offended by something that someone has said or done:
Eric was a little put out that he hadn’t been invited. ♦ I was a bit put out by her comments.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘angry‘.

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