mad at someone/something
Meaning | Synonyms
- to be angry at a person or situation
- to be upset to the point where you don’t want to see someone
- I am so mad at Jane because she broke my favourite pair of earrings. I told her not to borrow my things.
- I am mad at my boss for making me work over the long weekend. I wanted to relax with my family.
- “Don’t be mad at me because you missed the bus.”
- “I am not mad at you, I am mad at the situation.”
- She was so mad at him that she decided to change the locks on the front door while he was at work.
The word mad comes from the old English gemǣded, meaning to render insane. It is also related to gemād insane, and to Old High German gimeit meaning silly or crazy.
Typically, it is meant to convey that a situation, typically out of your control, is driving you to the brink of insanity. This is probably because the word “mad” is still used to describe somebody who is mentally unstable. The term is most often used in American English.
There is no definitive origin for the phrase or an indication of how long it has been in use.