16 Better Ways to Say Angry or Annoyed in English

Here you will learn 16 better ways to say ANGRY or ANNOYED in English.

Fuming, furious, hot under the collar meaning. Learn new words and phrases and dramatically improve your vocabulary and English speaking and writing skills. 

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Better Ways to Say Angry or Annoyed in English

I’m sure all of us, at certain times, have become angry, and sometimes it is nice to know the right English words and phrases to use to be able to say a little more than just, ‘I’m angry!’

Anger and annoyance are real strong emotions and feelings. When people get red in the face and steam and their eyes go narrow and do the teeth clench of all these different facial expressions that they make.

Number one is

I am angry

I’m angry because he didn’t reply to the email. He said he would and I’ve asked him three or four times and I’m not going to write again.

I’m angry.

I’m really angry.

I’m very angry.

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I’m annoyed

Of course, I’m annoyed. Wouldn’t you be annoyed? Yeah, I told them not to make noise. I was trying to do a recording and every time I tried to press the button go, he was playing his music. Anybody would be annoyed.

So annoyed as another form of anger.

If you’re really, really annoyed, you might be

I’m fuming

Oof, oof… Steam’s coming out.

Oh, and he was fuming. I didn’t know what to say. I went into the boss and told them that I was leaving. I’ve got another offer. 

The next one is quite unusual. You might not have heard it before.

fit to be tied

It means that he needed a straight jacket or that the people from the loony bin were going to come and tie him down because he was all really getting so annoyed and so aggressive.

Dad was fit to be tied when I told him I’d crashed the car.

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He gets

hot under the collar

You really feel steam come out and red neck or a red face and he’s a bit hot under the collar. He’s getting a little bit angry and perhaps a little bit aggressive too.

So there are many other ways. I mean, they’re all, as I say, exactly the same, meaning it’s about anger or being angry or being annoyed, but just different words.

And this is the beauty of the English language.

After all, we have so many different ways to express the same emotion.

The next one is

enraged /ɪnˈreɪʤd/

Like something bigger is starting. He was enraged.

So he was in a restaurant, and the waitress dropped the bottle and spilt red wine all over his suit. He was really enraged.

She could see that he was

seething /ˈsiːðɪŋ/

You know, you really wanted to explore when we’re seething.

Or we could also say

fuming like a fire



Furious with rage. Furious with anger.

Better ways to say angry in English

A little less annoyed or a little less angry. You could use a word like


So when a parent is not so happy with what the child has done, they may not shout or scream, but the child will know from the look on the face that mother or father are very displeased. Mother or father might even say:

I’m really displeased with you. I was expecting better.

So you can be displeased or indeed you can be just


with something.

It’s a moderate form of anger.

Let’s go back to some more aggressive forms of, of anger and annoyance. So we’ve got words like

incensed /ˈɪnsɛnst/

He was really, really annoyed, deep down he was incensed. He had been trying to close this account for many, many months.


He was outraged at the moment in the British parliament there, the prime minister, Boris Johnson has decided he’s going to close parliament for about five weeks. 

irate /aɪˈreɪt/

means when somebody can be annoyed and angry.

Usually, we can use it with an irate customer.

How do you deal with an irate customer?

A wonderful question to be asked at an interview.

And an irate customer is somebody who is irritated. He’s annoyed that something has happened or something hasn’t happened.

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We can also use the word like

riled /raɪld/

A bit of an American word.

Riled means annoyed.

If you’re watching a hockey game and ice hockey game or a basketball game and somebody commits a foul just to rile his opposite number, so he hits him or he pushes them or he does something that the referee or umpire doesn’t see, he wants to get him riled and wants to get them a night or angry. 

And of course, like a bull, you can be


Raging like a bull is a good expression.

When the trees are blowing, the wind is strong, everything is happening, we can refer to it as a raging storm.

And then finally

infuriated /ɪnˈfjʊərɪeɪtɪd/

I like this word infuriated.

I’m infuriated when something doesn’t work out.

I’m infuriated when it doesn’t go the way that I would like it to go.

So there are lots and lots of ways to say angry or annoyed in English.

Let me just give them to you one more time.

  • I am angry
  • I am annoyed
  • I am fuming
  • Fit to be tied
  • Hot under the collar
  • Outraged
  • Furious
  • Displeased 
  • Unhappy
  • Incensed
  • Outraged
  • Irate
  • Riled
  • Raging like the bull
  • Infuriated

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