Part of speech: noun
Origin: Italian, 1980s
Nervousness or agitation
Indigestion or stomach discomfort
Examples of Agita in a sentence
"A feeling of agita overcame me as the storm clouds rolled in."
"I don't know whether it was anxiety or something I ate, but I felt a great deal of agita in the pit of my stomach."
Popularity Over Time
Agita, or a feeling of nervousness or anxiety, was first used among New York City's population of Italian immigrants, which makes sense given its Italian-language origins. Similar words appear throughout that language, used to describe everything from music to emotions.
Did you Know?
Agita comes from an Americanized pronunciation of an Italian dialect word, acido, referring to acid or heartburn. However, its more figurative definition relating to anxiety is believed to have stemmed from the word agitation.