- a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish.
Origin of angst
Examples from the Web for angsty
The angsty, hazy mind of a teenager is a source of constant befuddlement and dismay for full-grown observers.Who Invented the ‘Teenager’?
March 14, 2014
I went through an angsty period from 15-16 where I was like, “I hate the world!”Shailene Woodley Opens Up About Coming of Age, ‘Divergent,’ and the Faults in Our World
January 22, 2014
A healthy majority of these posts are the angsty exaggerations of teenagers and breathy recitations of the latest pop trends.Could Facebook Have Prevented the Georgia Baby Shooting?
March 27, 2013
On the Impossible Past will transport you back to your halcyon, angsty teenage years.Best Music Albums of 2012: Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, and More
December 26, 2012
Plus, Chronicle is a superhero story for angsty teenage boys.‘The Woman in Black:’ Will Daniel Radcliffe Survive After ‘Harry Potter’?
Ramin Setoodeh, Peter Travers
February 3, 2012
- informal displaying or feeling angst, esp in a self-conscious mannertwo angsty teenagers
- an acute but nonspecific sense of anxiety or remorse
- (in Existentialist philosophy) the dread caused by man's awareness that his future is not determined but must be freely chosen
Word Origin and History for angsty
1944, from German Angst "neurotic fear, anxiety, guilt, remorse," from Old High German angust, from the root of anger. George Eliot used it (in German) in 1849, and it was popularized in English by translation of Freud's work, but as a foreign word until 1940s. Old English had a cognate word, angsumnes "anxiety," but it died out.