[ ahngkst, angst ]
/ ɑŋkst, æŋst /


a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish.


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Origin of angst

1840–50; < German Angst fear, anxiety, Old High German angust (cognate with Middle Low German angest, Middle Dutch anxt), equivalent to ang- (akin to eng narrow, constricted) + -st abstract nominal suffix, perhaps a conglomerate of a suffix *-os- + *-ti- suffix forming abstracts


angst·y, adjective, angst·i·er, angst·i·est. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for angsty

British Dictionary definitions for angsty (1 of 2)

/ (ˈæŋstɪ) /

adjective angstier or angstiest

informal displaying or feeling angst, esp in a self-conscious mannertwo angsty teenagers

British Dictionary definitions for angsty (2 of 2)

/ (æŋst, German aŋst) /


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 for angst

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Cultural definitions for angsty

[ (ahngkst) ]

A kind of fear or anxiety; Angst is German for “fear.” It is usually applied to a deep and essentially philosophical anxiety about the world in general or personal freedom. (See existentialism.)

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