What is the origin of the word attic? April 11, 2011 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: English Language The word attic comes from Attica in ancient Greece. There, an attic was a certain kind of low story above the main floor. Over the centuries, however, attic has come to refer to any low space above the top floor of a building. Related PostsWhat’s the origin of the word hijack?What is the origin of the word hoodlum?What is the origin of the word Nightmare?What is the origin of the word Kismet?What does the word Mafia mean and what does the word Cosa Nostra mean?