affrettando

adjective

af·​fret·​tan·​do
ˌa-frə-ˈtän-(ˌ)dō,
ˌä-
: becoming faster, as if excited
used as a direction in music

Word History

Etymology

Italian, literally, hastening, verbal of affrettare to hasten, from a- (from Latin ad-) + fretta haste, from frettare to rub, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin frictare, from Latin frictus, past participle of fricare to rub

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affrettando was circa 1842

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“Affrettando.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affrettando. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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