adverb or adjective

ag·​i·​ta·​to ˌa-jə-ˈtä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce agitato (audio)
: in a restless and agitated manner
used as a direction in music

Word History


borrowed from Italian, "agitated," from past participle of agitare "to disturb, agitate"

First Known Use

circa 1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agitato was circa 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Agitato.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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