angry, mad

angry, mad
Angry means "indignant," "wrathful," "inflamed." In idiomatic English, you may be angry about a situation or event, angry at an animal or an inanimate object, and angry with (not at) a person. In precise English, mad has a suggestion of abnormality, of being "disordered in intellect," "insane." A mad person is insane; a mad dog has rabies; mad haste is frenzied; a mad idea is senseless or unwise. The formal word for wrathful is angry. Colloquially (that is, informally), mad is often used to mean "angry," but mad is employed by careful speakers and writers to convey only a sense of disorder or abnormality.

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  • mad — is informal when combined with about or over to indicate enthusiasm (mad about football). It is slang when used to mean unusual or pointless (mad conversation) and gay or frantic (a mad dash for the train). Like mad is slang for wildly (driving… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • angry — See angry, mad …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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  • mad as a hornet — or[mad as hops] or[mad as a wet hen] {adj. phr.}, {informal} In a fighting mood; very angry. * /When my father sees the dent in his fender, he ll be mad as a hornet./ * /Bill was mad as hops when the fellows went on without him./ * /Mrs. Harris… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mad as a hornet — or[mad as hops] or[mad as a wet hen] {adj. phr.}, {informal} In a fighting mood; very angry. * /When my father sees the dent in his fender, he ll be mad as a hornet./ * /Bill was mad as hops when the fellows went on without him./ * /Mrs. Harris… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mad — [ mæd ] adjective ** 1. ) never before noun INFORMAL angry: He makes me mad, the way he keeps criticizing me. mad at/with: My boss is mad at me for missing the meeting. 2. ) MAINLY BRITISH very silly or stupid: CRAZY: be mad to do something: You… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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