9 Different words to say angry in Spanish


When learning Spanish, most people know that enojado is the direct translation of ‘angry’. However, there are other popular words that native speakers use to describe this feeling. For this reason, many students wonder how to say angry in Spanish. 

Below are the most common ways to say ‘angry’ in Spanish. Notice that each word implies a different degree of anger: 

  • Enojado – Angry
  • Furioso – Furious 
  • Airado – Irate
  • Molesto – Upset
  • Enfadado – Annoyed/Upset
  • Encolerizado – Infuriated 
  • Cabreado – Hopping mad
  • Bravo – Mad/Upset
  • Emperrado – Very angry

Knowing different words to say ‘angry’ in Spanish will not only expand your vocabulary, but will allow you to express your feelings in a more precise way. For that reason, in this article, we’ve compiled a list of 9 different words that mean angry in Spanish. 

We’ll also provide you with examples and phrase structures so know how to include these words into your conversations. Finally, we’ll discuss the formality of each one of these words so that you can use them correctly. 

By the end of this, you’ll have increased your vocabulary by knowing 9 different ways to say ‘angry’ in Spanish. 

1. Enojado – Angry

As mentioned above, enojado is one of the most popular ways to say ‘angry’ in Spanish. As a result, this word can be used in both formal and informal situations. Like any other adjective, enojado needs to match the gender and the noun of the person that is describing. 

This word can be translated as:

  • Mad
  • Upset
  • Angry 

Below there is a phrase structure that you can with this word. Notice that if you need to intensify this adjective, you can add some adverbs such as muy, bien, bastante. However, this is optional. 

[Estar conjugated] + (adjective) + enojado

Mis papás están muy enojados con nosotros
My parents are very angry with us

Susy está enojada porque perdió sus llaves
Susy is upset because she lost her keys

Mike está enojado con Louis desde hace dos años
Mike has been mad at Louis for two years

No estamos enojadas contigo, sólo decepcionadas
We’re not mad at you, only disappointed

Take Note: The previous structure (estar enojado) only describes the state of your emotions. However, the verb enojarse will allow you to express the thing that is upsetting you. Notice that ‘enojarse’ follows the reflexive verb conjugation.  

Me enoja que no me escuches cuando te hablo
It upsets me that you don’t listen to me when I’m talking

2. Furioso – Furious

Furioso is another word that means ‘angry’ in Spanish. However, this adjective is not very formal and it expresses a high degree of anger. As a result, it’s mainly used in formal situations or when you need to express that a person is truly mad. 

This word can be translated either as ‘furious’ or ‘very angry’. In addition to this, some Latin American Spanish speaking countries may use the variation fúrico. When using ‘furioso’ or its variation, make sure to change to feminine if the person you’re referring to is a woman. 

Since furioso expresses a higher degree of anger, you don’t need to intensify it by using adjectives like you’d do with other words. Here are some examples as well as some phrase structures that you can use: 

[Estar conjugated] + furioso/fúrico

El entrenador está furioso porque su equipo perdió
The coach is furious because his team lost

Mi hermano quebró la vajilla, mi mamá está fúrica
My brother broke the dinnerware, mom is furious 

Ally está furiosa por lo que dijiste, mejor dale unos días
Ally is very angry for the things you said, you better give her a few days

Most adjectives from this list work with the verb estar to describe this emotional state. However, furioso can also work with the reflexive verb ponerse. Notice that in this case, the translation may change: 

[Ponerse conjugated] + furioso/fúrico

Nelly se puso furiosa porque Mayra consiguió el ascenso 
Nelly got very angry because Mayra got the promotion

No sé qué pasó, de repente, Betty y Gina se pusieron furiosas
I don’t know what happened, suddenly, Betty and Gina became furious 

3. Molesto – Upset 

In Spanish, molesto can also be used to say ‘angry’ and since this word is very popular, it can be used in both informal and formal situations. However, molesto is not a very intense word when it comes to describing someone’s anger. 

This adjective can be translated as:

  • Upset
  • Annoyed
  • Cross

Below you’ll find some examples of how to use this word. Remember to change the adjective to feminine if you’re referring to a woman. 

[Estar conjugated] + (adverb) +  molesto

Matt y Paul están molestos contigo
Matt and Paul are mad at you 

Estoy muy molesta por lo que hiciste el otro día
I’m very upset because of what you did the other day

¿Qué hiciste? Mi papá y mi mamá están súper molestos
What did you do? My mom and dad are super upset 

No entiendo por qué estás molesta conmigo 
I don’t understand why you’re upset with me

4. Enfadado – Angry

Enfadado is another light expression to say ‘angry’ in Spanish. Since this is a very common word, you can use it either in casual or formal situations. Enfadado can be translated as: 

  • Annoyed
  • Upset
  • Furious
  • Angry

One thing you need to keep in mind is that, in some contexts, ‘enfadado’ can be used to express boredom. So, in order to know the meaning that is being applied, you need to pay attention to the context. 

Since it doesn’t express a high degree of anger, you can intensify ‘enfadado’ by adding some adverbs to your sentence. Here are some examples and a suggested phrase structure: 

[Estar conjugated] + (adverb) + enfadado

¿Por qué estás tan enfadada?
Why are you so angry

Mamá no está enfadada contigo
Mom is not upset with you

Estoy enfadado con tus hermanos
I’m annoyed at your brothers

Allison está muy enfadada porque alguien destruyó sus flores
Allison is furious because someone destroyed her flowers 

5. Bravo – Mad

If you’re looking for informal ways to say ‘angry’ in Spanish, bravo may be one of your best options. When used in this context, ‘bravo’ can be translated either as ‘mad’ or ‘upset’. Just keep in mind that this word is suitable among friends and other casual situations. 

Like ‘furioso’, bravo can either work with the verbs ‘estar’ or ‘ponerse’ to express that someone is angry. Here are some structures that you can use as guidance: 

[Estar conjugated] + bravo

La maestra está brava porque nadie trajo la tarea
The teacher is upset because nobody did their homework

No te pongas bravo, mañana compras otro celular
Don’t get mad, tomorrow you can buy another phone

Úrsula está brava porque su novio no le ha llamado
Úrsula is mad because her boyfriend hasn’t called 

¿Qué pasó? ¿Por qué se pusieron bravos con Jessica?
What happened? Why did you guys get upset with Jessica?

Take Note: In other contexts, bravo can be used to describe a brave person. So, make sure to pay close attention to the situation where this word is being applied. 

6. Emperrado – Very angry

In Mexican slang Spanish, emperrado is a popular word to express that a person is angry. As a result, it can be translated simply as ‘very angry’ or ‘hopping mad’. Due to its characteristics, ‘emperrado’ can only be used in very informal situations. 

Additionally, this word expresses a high degree of anger. But even though it’s a strong way to  say angry, you can still emphasize it by adding some adverbs to your sentence. Here is how you do it:

[Estar conjugated] + (adverb] + [emperrado]

Andrea está emperrada con su hermano
Andrea is hopping mad with her brother

Lisa está emperrada porque perdió su cartera
Lisa is very angry because she lost her wallet

Mi papá está bien emperrado porque te fuiste sin pedirle permiso
Dad is very angry because you left without asking for his permission

Samuel y Luis están emperrados porque llegaron tarde por el tráfico 
Samuel and Luis are hopping mad because they were late due to the traffic

Take Note: As an informal word, emperrado may have different meanings depending on the Spanish country you’re in. In some places such as Spain and Argentina, this word is used to describe a stubborn person. 

7. Airado – Irate

Airado is a very formal word to say ‘angry’ in Spanish and that can be translated as ‘angry’ or ‘irate’. Due to its formality, this word is only used in formal situations such as books, meetings, tv shows, etc. So if you’re in a casual conversation, you may want to use other options. 

Remember that just like any other adjective, airado always needs to match with the number and gender of the people you’re referring to. Here are some examples:

[Estar conjugated] + [airado]

Dominique está airado porque no le dieron vacaciones
Dominique is irate because he didn’t take a vacation

No sé porqué Joel está airado con nosotros
I don’t know why Joel is angry at us

Astrid está airada porque no le ayudamos a mudarse
Astrid is irate because we didn’t help her move 

Los chicos de contabilidad están bastante airados con mis jefes
The guys from accounting are very angry at my bosses 

Take Note: Even though airado is a strong word to say ‘angry’, you can intensify it by using adverbs. But since this is a formal word, you should avoid casual adverbs such as ‘súper’. 

8. Cabreado – Hopping mad

One of the most popular ways to say ‘angry’ in Spain is by using the word cabreado. In addition to being a specific word for Castilian Spanish, ‘cabreado’ is also very informal. So you should only use it in your casual conversations. 

Cabreado can be translated as ‘hopping mad’ or ‘very angry’ and, as you may imagine, it’s an adjective that expresses a high degree of anger. When it comes to variations, mosqueado is another option that you can use. 

Additionally, you can intensify ‘cabreado’ by using it’s superlative form cabreadísimo. 

[Estar conjugated] + cabreado

Laura estaba cabreada conmigo, pero ya se tranquilizó
Laura was very angry with me, but she cooled down already

Julieta está cabreadísima porque se nos olvidó su cumpleaños
Julieta is very angry because we forgot her birthday 

Charlie y Lucas están cabreados porque tienen que trabajar temprano
Charlie and Lucas are hopping mad because they have to work early

Mis vecinos están mosqueados porque hicimos una fiesta el viernes
My neighbors are annoyed because we threw a party on Friday

Take Note: Cabreado is only popular in Spain. Although Spanish speakers from other countries may know this word, it’s better if you use more standard terms or local slang words. 

9. Encolerizado – Infuriated 

In Spanish, encolerizado is be one of the most formal words to say ‘angry’. In addition to its formality, this adjective is very intense and strong. As a result, we only use it in very formal situations or when we need to express that someone is really angry. 

‘Encolerizado’ can be translated as:

  • Infuriated
  • Furious
  • Very angry

Since encolerizado is already an intense adjective, you don’t need to use other words to emphasize it. Here are some examples of how to use this word: 

[Estar conjugated] + encolerizado

Es mejor que esperes, David está encolerizado
It’s better that you wait, David is infuriated

Bertha está encolerizada con su vecina
Bertha is very angry with her neighbor

Encolerizado, Matthew empacó sus cosas y se fue
Furious, Matthew packed his things and left 

Nuestros jefes están encolerizados porque alguien no terminó el proyecto
Our bosses are furious because someone didn’t finish the project

Wrapping Up

In Spanish, there are different words that you can use to say ‘angry’. On top of helping you with your vocabulary, will allow you to express your feelings in a more precise way. For that reason, in this article, we’ve compiled 9 different words that you can use for this purpose. 

We also provided you with examples and phrase structures that you can use in your conversations. Remember that the main difference between all these words is their formality and the degree of anger that they express. 

Hopefully, now you have a wider range of vocabulary to say ‘angry’ in Spanish.

Daniela Sanchez

¡Hola! Soy Daniela Sanchez, I’ve taught Spanish in Mexico to a wide array of foreigners. From students and tourists to doctors and soldiers who’ve moved and visited here over the years. During the day I’m a freelancer and marketer, while at night I’m here writing for students of the world wide web looking to learn Spanish. I hope you find what you’re looking here during your journey into Español 🙂 Read More About Me

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