from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Music In a restless, agitated style. Used chiefly as a direction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a restless agitated style.
  • n. A passage having this mark.
  • adv. Played in a restless agitated style.
  • adj. Describing a passage having this mark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sung or played in a restless, hurried, and spasmodic manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Agitated; restless: a word used in music, generally in combination with allegro or presto, to describe the character of a movement as broken, hurried, or restless in style.


Italian, past participle of agitare, from Latin agitāre, to agitate; see agitate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Italian agitato. (Wiktionary)



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