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  1. stirred emotionally; agitated: An excited crowd awaited the arrival of the famed rock group.
  2. stimulated to activity; brisk: an excited buying and selling of stocks.
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Origin of excited

First recorded in 1650–60; excite + -ed2
Related formsex·cit·ed·ly, adverbex·cit·ed·ness, nounhy·per·ex·cit·ed, adjectivesu·per·ex·cit·ed, adjectiveun·ex·cit·ed, adjective
Can be confusedexcited exited


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1. ruffled, discomposed, stormy, perturbed, impassioned. 2. eager, active, enthusiastic.
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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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unexcited


  1. not aroused to pleasure, interest, agitation, etc
  2. (of an atom, molecule, etc) remaining in its ground state
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  1. emotionally aroused, esp to pleasure or agitation
  2. characterized by excitementan excited dance
  3. sexually aroused
  4. (of an atom, molecule, etc) occupying an energy level above the ground state
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Derived Formsexcitedly, adverbexcitedness, 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.

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