How would you describe your mood day? Are you feeling pretty chilled (= relaxed and not worried about anything)? Perhaps you’re slightly on edge (= anxious about something and not able to relax)? Our moods change all the time, sometimes for no obvious reason. With this post, I aim to provide you with some nice adjectives and phrases for describing the way we feel.
Let’s start with some positive words. The adjectives chirpy and perky describe someone who seems cheerful. They suggest that someone is also feeling quite lively: She was very chirpy when I spoke to her this morning. / You seem very perky today! The adjective bright is also used for someone who seems cheerful and lively: He seemed much brighter at the weekend. We also say that someone is in good/high spirits when they are happy: I thought she was well. She seemed in good spirits.
The adjective mellow describes someone who is feeling very relaxed, sometimes – though not always – because they’ve drunk alcohol: A stroll on the beach had put me in a very mellow mood.
Moving on to more negative words, if you’re feeling gloomy, you’re unhappy and without hope: She seemed a bit gloomy when we met up. Two other adjectives with a similar meaning are low and down: Illness of any sort can leave you feeling low. / He seemed a bit down and I wanted to cheer him up.
An adjective for someone who is quiet and seems a little unhappy or anxious is subdued: I was a bit worried about Dan. He seemed rather subdued.
Two informal phrases that mean unhappy are (a bit) down in the mouth and (a bit) down in the dumps: Was Joe okay? He seemed a bit down in the mouth. / She’d just broken up with her boyfriend and was a bit down in the dumps. Another idiom meaning ‘in an unhappy mood’ is out of sorts: I’ve just been feeling a bit out of sorts today – I don’t know why. (This phrase can also be used to mean ‘slightly ill’.)
Sometimes, we find ourselves in a slightly angry mood in which we are easily annoyed by other people. A good word for this is irritable: I’m always more irritable when I’m tired. Other, slightly informal adjectives with a similar meaning are grumpy, grouchy and cranky: Don’t be so grumpy! / He’s always grouchy in the morning – just ignore him! / She’s just tired and cranky.
That concludes my round-up of mood words. I hope that as you read this, you’re in good spirits!