English Expressions for Emotions

To be pumped up
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To be very excited about an upcoming event.

“We are all pumped up for the concert. We’ve been waiting months for this show.”

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To be tickled
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To be very pleased by something.

“I am just tickled that you all came to visit.”

To be on cloud 9
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To be in a state of great happiness because of an accomplishment or an event.

“I was on cloud nine for days after I received the news that I got the job.”

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Flying high
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To be in a state of great excitement.

“The whole office was flying high when the news hit that everyone was getting a bonus this year.”

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Psyched
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To be excited about something.

“Jacob is psyched that he made the soccer team.”

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To be all smiles
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To have an overall happy feeling.

“My boss was all smiles when he saw what a good job we had done.”

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To be giddy
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To be happy and excited in a silly kind of way.

“My kids were giddy Christmas morning when they saw all of the presents.”

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To feel out of it
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To feel confused and tired.

“Sometimes I feel a little out of it when I wake up from a nap.”

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To have butterflies in your stomach
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To have a nervous feeling.

“I have butterflies in my stomach this morning. My job interview is at 9:00 AM.”

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To be less than thrilled
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To be unhappy about something.

“My teacher was less than thrilled when I showed up late for class the second time in a row.”

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To be bitter
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To have a really angry and resentful feeling.

“Sara is still bitter about losing her job. She won’t even drive by her old office anymore.”

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To be riled up
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To be angry.

“Don’t try to talk to him right now. He is really riled up about the comment you made earlier.”

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To be fuming
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To be extremely angry.

“The coach is still fuming about the loss to a team that wasn’t that good.”

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To be out of your mind
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To be so upset about something that you can’t concentrate on anything else.

“Larry is a little more than upset today. He is out of his mind. His ex wife called wanting more money.”

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To be down in the dumps
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To be in a depressed state.

“My cousin has been down in the dumps ever since his girlfriend left him last week.”

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To be beside yourself
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To be overwhelmed with grief and bad feelings.

“I am just beside myself today about losing your dog. Please forgive me!”

  • Conversation Activity for Emotions Vocabulary
  • Script for Conversation Activity on Emotion Vocabulary
  • Listening Activity for Emotions Vocabulary
  • Reading Passage for Emotions Vocabulary
  • Emotions Vocabulary Worksheet II
  • Matching Worksheet for Emotions