Words for Emotions

Here’s a list of emotions in English, in A-Z order. (For each word or phrase describing an emotion or feeling you can find an explanation and example sentence.)


angry: “She was angry with her boss for criticising her work.”

annoyed: “I’m very annoyed with him. He hasn’t returned any of my calls.”

“She was annoyed by his comments.”

appalled = very shocked: “They were appalled to hear that they would lose their jobs.”

apprehensive = slightly worried: “I felt a little apprehensive before my interview.”

ashamed: “How could you say such a thing? You should be ashamed of yourself!”

at the end of your tether = completely fed up: “The children have been misbehaving all day – I’m at the end of my tether.”


bewildered = very confused: “He was bewildered by the choice of computers in the shop.”

betrayed = when someone breaks the trust you have in them: “He betrayed my trust when he repeated my secret to everyone.”


confused: “I’m sorry I forgot your birthday – I was confused about the dates.”

confident = sure of your abilities: “I’m confident that we can find a solution to this problem.”

cheated = when you don’t get something that you think you deserve: “Of course I feel cheated – I should have won that competition.”

cross = quite angry: “I was cross with him for not helping me, as he said he would.”


depressed = very sad: “After he failed his English exam, he was depressed for a week.”

delighted = very happy: “I’m delighted that I got the job. It’s just what I always wanted.”

down in the dumps = sad and fed up: “What’s the matter with him? He’s so down in the dumps these days.”

disappointed: “She was disappointed by her son’s poor results at school.”


ecstatic = extremely happy: “When he asked her to marry him she was ecstatic.”

excited: “I’m excited by the new opportunities that the internet brings.”

emotional = you have strong feelings (happy or sad) and you cry: “When he heard the news, he became quite emotional.”

envious = when you want something that someone else has: “I’m very envious of her happiness – I wish I was happy too.”

embarrassed = slightly ashamed: “I felt so embarrassed that I went bright red.”


furious =very angry: “I was furious with him for breaking my favourite vase.”

frightened: “As a child she was frightened of the dark.”


great = very good: “I feel great today!”


happy: “She was happy to hear the good news.”

horrified = very shocked: “I’m horrified by the amount of violence on television today.”


irritated = annoyed: “I get so irritated when he changes TV channels without asking me first.”

intrigued = being so interested in something you have to find out more: “I’m intrigued to hear about your safari in Kenya.”


jealous = envious: “She was jealous of her sister’s new toy.”

jaded = tired and having no interest: “After 10 years at this company, I just feel jaded.”


keen: “I’m keen to see your new house – I’ve heard lots about it.”

“I’m keen on keeping fit.”


lazy: “I can’t be bothered to do anything today – I feel really lazy!”

lucky: “I’m going to play the lottery – I feel lucky today!”

let down = disappointed: “When you didn’t turn up to the meeting, I felt really let down.”


maternal = feeling like a mother: “Looking at my sister’s new baby made me feel really maternal.”


nonplussed = so surprised that you don’t know what to do next: “I was so nonplussed by his announcement that I couldn’t say anything.”

negative = when you can only see the disadvantages: “I feel very negative about my job – the pay is awful.”


overwhelmed = so much emotion that you don’t know what to say or do: “I was overwhelmed by the offer of promotion at work.”

over the moon = delighted: “She was over the moon with her new bicycle and rode it every day for a whole year.”


positive = opposite of negative – seeing the good side of something: “She’s a very positive person and never lets anything get her down.”

positive = very sure: “Are you sure that’s what you want? Yes – I’m positive.”


relaxed: “I was completely relaxed after I came back from holiday.”

reluctant = when you don’t want to do something: “I’m reluctant to buy a new car – the one we have is fine.”


seething = extremely angry, but hiding it: “She was seething after her boss criticised her.”

sad: “It makes me sad to see all those animals in cages at the zoo.”

scared = frightened: “Are you scared of heights?”

stressed = being worried or anxious about something so you can’t relax: “I feel really stressed at work – I need a break.”

“He was stressed out by all the travelling in his job.”


terrific = fantastic: “I feel terrific today!”

terrible = ill or tired: “I’ve got a blinding headache and I feel terrible.”

terrified = very scared: “She’s terrified of spiders and screams whenever she sees one.”

tense = not relaxed: “You look a bit tense. Did you have a bad day at work?”


upset = angry or unhappy: “I’m sorry you’re upset – I didn’t mean to be rude.”

unhappy = sad: “I was unhappy to hear that I hadn’t got the job.”


victimised = to feel you are the victim of someone or something: “My boss kept criticising me and not the others, so I felt quite victimised.”


wonderful = great: “I felt wonderful after such a relaxing weekend.”

Emotions Quiz

Level: Elementary and higher

1. When she found out that her son failed a school test, she felt __ .
2. The teacher explained the exercise, but she was still __ .
3. He was a little __ before his first date with Lucy.
4. He's __ because nobody told him about the party. He spent the whole evening at home alone.
5. Are you __ that you'll pass the exam?
6. He was __ when he heard he got the job.
7. She felt a bit __ that she couldn't go to the theatre with the others.
8. I'm not the __ type. I'm happy with what I've got.
9. He was really __ when he saw those terrible photos of himself. He hoped his parents wouldn't see them.
10. She was __ with her son for stealing money.
11. Andrew always gets a bit __ when he sees politicians talking on the TV.
12. I was __ to hear about your experience working as a zoo keeper. It sounds a great job.
13. He felt really __ by all his friends. Nobody helped him at all.
14. He's __ with his new car. He's wanted one like this for ages.
15. He's __ to help her with her homework too much. He thinks she should try to do it herself.
16. We all felt __ after our relaxing holiday.
17. I was __ to hear about your cat.
18. It's not good to feel __ all the time. You should try to relax more.
19. He's still __ of the dark. We have to leave the light on for him.
20. She felt very __ by his thoughtless comments.

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31 thoughts on “Words for Emotions”

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