I. noun — [ mass noun] 1. a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general • the existential angst of the middle classes.
• rock and pop have a tradition of celebrating adolescent angst.
‹informal› a feeling of persistent worry about something trivial
• my hair causes me angst.
II. derivatives angsty adjective
– origin 1920s: from German, ‘fear’.