How do you say ANGRY in Italian?

How exactly do you say angry in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about being angry in Italian and you will even learn some expressions featuring this word. Read on to learn them all!


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Angry in Italian


Arrabbiato is how you translate angry into Italian. It comes from arrabbiarsi, to get angry. Let’s hear how to pronounce this adjective.

Its pronunciation is similar to ahr-rahb-bee-ah-toh and it comes from the Latin word rabies, “anger”. Make sure the final -o has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean! If you have trouble pronouncing the rolled R, especially when doubled, check out the Italian pronunciation guide.


angry man talking at the phone

Like all other adjectives in Italian, arrabbiato needs to match the gender and number of the noun.


If a man is angry, you will say arrabbiato because man, uomo, is a masculine noun in Italian.

Likewise, if you’re talking about a woman, donna, which is a feminine noun, you will say arrabbiata.

Plural nouns behave the same way: if you want to describe a group of angry boys (masculine plural), use arrabbiati. If you’re talking about a bunch of angry girls (feminine plural), use arrabbiate instead.

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For example, you could say…

Il capo è molto arrabbiato. È meglio se stai alla larga dal suo ufficio!
The boss is very angry. You’d better stay away from his office!

Mia sorella si è arrabbiata quando le ho detto di aver rotto accidentalmente la sua bambola.
My sister got angry when I told her that I had accidentally broken her doll.

Perché siete così arrabbiati? Cos’è successo?
Why are you so angry? What happened?

Non ho mai visto delle anatre così arrabbiate.
I have never seen such angry ducks.

a brown and cream duck

Other translations for angry in Italian

There are a number of synonyms for arrabbiato in Italian. The most common are…



Pissed off
(This is a swear word!)

For example, you could say…

Il cliente era furibondo e insultò il commesso del negozio.
The customer was furious and insulted the salesman.

Mio fratello è quasi sempre incazzato.
My brother is almost always pissed off.

Michele era davvero inferocito.
Michele was really enraged.

angry boy slamming game console to the ground

Expressions featuring angry in Italian

There are a number of idiomatic expressions featuring the word for angry in Italian. Among them you’ll find…

  • penne all’arrabbiata
  • chi tutto vuole nulla ha e di rabbia muore (“who wants it all has nothing and dies of anger”)

For example, you could say…

Ho intenzione di preparare delle penne all’arrabbiata per pranzo.
I plan to prepare penne pasta with arrabbiata sauce for lunch.

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say angry in Italian!

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