Meaning of AFA in Italian

Afa in Italian

Afa in Italian refers to a hot and humid weather condition. It describes a combination of high temperature and muggy humidity, often found during the summer months.

From afa you get the adjective afoso, “muggy, hot and humid”.

OriginFrom the onomatopoeic sound (b)af- done when you open your mouth to breathe when you are out of breath. Some words that use this sound combination are affanno, “shortness of breath” and sbafare, “to gobble down”; when you wolf something down, you open your mouth wide! 😉

Muggy weather

Starnuto in Italian: Examples

Non riesco a dormire con quest’afa.
I can’t sleep in this muggy weather.

Che caldo, c’è un’afa terribile!
It’s so hot, there’s a terrible heatwave!

Lavorare con quest’afa è davvero difficile.
Working in this heat and humidity is really challenging.

Anche di notte c’è un’afa opprimente. Non ne posso più!
Even at night, there’s an oppressive humidity. I can’t take this anymore!

man having trouble to walk from the heat

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