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  1. producing excitement; stirring; thrilling: an exciting account of his trip to Tibet.
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Origin of exciting

First recorded in 1805–15; excite + -ing2
Related formsex·cit·ing·ly, adverbnon·ex·cit·ing, adjectiveun·ex·cit·ing, adjective
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Historical Examples of excitingly

  • That night was for me the most excitingly anxious one in my life.

    Fire and Sword in the Sudan

    Rudolf C. Slatin

  • Still the situation was excitingly dramatic, and we were all actors.

  • Maggie pricked up her ears; the talk was now excitingly important.

  • On the curb, before the car that vibrated so excitingly he had a happy thought.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She was excitingly plump, round and a little jiggly, the kind of woman Alan had always gone for.

British Dictionary definitions for excitingly


  1. causing excitement; stirring; stimulating
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Derived Formsexcitingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for excitingly


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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