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[ik-sahy-ting] /ɪkˈsaɪ tɪŋ/
producing excitement; stirring; thrilling:
an exciting account of his trip to Tibet.
Origin of exciting
First recorded in 1805-15; excite + -ing2
Related forms
excitingly, adverb
nonexciting, adjective
unexciting, adjective Unabridged
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  • They were barren virtues, too unexciting and uninteresting to make any appeal.

  • The last stage of our journey—an affair of some six hours—was unexciting.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • Nevertheless, the game was unexciting, and dragged listlessly.

  • Their contents were as unexciting as the rain-sodden landscape.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I will not say that their mission is uninteresting, but it is unexciting.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • While it might be unexciting, it did seem downright peaceful.

    The World That Couldn't Be Clifford Donald Simak
  • The study was an unexciting and comparatively comfortable room.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • They were there just six days and had a very happy if unexciting time.

    The Adventure Club Afloat

    Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for unexciting


not interesting, stirring, or stimulating: unexciting but likable


causing excitement; stirring; stimulating
Derived Forms
excitingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unexciting


late 14c. (n.), "action of urging, prompting, inciting," noun of action from excite (v.). As a present participle adjective, from 1811 in sense "causing disease." Sense of "causing excitement" is from 1826.

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