Essential vocabulary for talking about unhappiness in English

On this page, we will look at vocabulary for talking about unhappiness in English. There are a LOT more words to talk about being unhappy compared to being happy, so there’s a lot to learn!

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  • I’m feeling down at the moment.
  • She’s feeling a little blue because she lost her job.
  • She’s quite cross with you at the moment for breaking her favourite cup. (British English)
  • He’s been down in the dumps since his girlfriend broke up with him.
  • My boss was furious that we hadn’t completed the order.
  • My grandmother was upset that I didn’t send her a birthday card.
  • He can’t seem to get a job, so he’s feeling very downhearted at the moment.
  • My wife’s mad at me because I forgot our wedding anniversary.
  • His favourite team didn’t win, so he’s feeling a little dejected at the moment.
  • She’s so miserable all the time – she never smiles!
  • We haven’t been allowed to go out for weeks – we’re fed up!
  • Since our older dog died, the younger dog has been looking very forlorn.


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