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[ik-sahy-tid] /ɪkˈsaɪ tɪd/
stirred emotionally; agitated:
An excited crowd awaited the arrival of the famed rock group.
stimulated to activity; brisk:
an excited buying and selling of stocks.
Origin of excited
First recorded in 1650-60; excite + -ed2
Related forms
excitedly, adverb
excitedness, noun
hyperexcited, adjective
superexcited, adjective
unexcited, adjective
Can be confused
excited, exited.
1. ruffled, discomposed, stormy, perturbed, impassioned. 2. eager, active, enthusiastic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unexcited
Historical Examples
  • Yet he sat there at his noon meal as cheerful, as unexcited, as content as ever.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • They would not let me see you before, saying it was best that you should be quiet and unexcited.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • We confess that the Roman poet often used to leave us cold and unexcited too.

  • He did not reason on that unexcited sense of impersonality and detachment.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Trying to appear very casual and unexcited, he rode up the lane.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • Peter was fascinated by the unexcited persistency of the man's movement.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • And somehow, in a quiet, unexcited way, he became fascinated.

    Margaret Vincent Sophia Lucy Clifford
  • Diana, in her moderate, unexcited way, began to tell him what had happened.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • The child was limp, unexcited, mumbling a mouthful of the mash.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • "After all, Theo will have a nice evening for his drive home," she said, unexcited.

    A Country Gentleman and his Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for unexcited


not aroused to pleasure, interest, agitation, etc
(of an atom, molecule, etc) remaining in its ground state


emotionally aroused, esp to pleasure or agitation
characterized by excitement: an excited dance
sexually aroused
(of an atom, molecule, etc) occupying an energy level above the ground state
Derived Forms
excitedly, adverb
excitedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unexcited



1650s, "magnetically or electrically stimulated;" modern sense of "agitated" attested 1855; past participle adjective from excite. Related: Excitedly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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