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

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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Contemporary Examples of unexciting

  • Her response was a “very un-macho, uncool, and unexciting one,” according to Albertine.

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    A First Lady of Punk Rock Talks

    Justin Jones

    December 9, 2014

  • These attempts to reinvigorate a solid but unexciting candidacy should concentrate on two names: Herman Cain and Marco Rubio.

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    Romney’s Nixon Problem

    Michael Medved

    October 18, 2011

Historical Examples of unexciting

  • 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.

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    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • I will not say that their mission is uninteresting, but it is unexciting.

    Changing China

    William Gascoyne-Cecil

British Dictionary definitions for unexciting



not interesting, stirring, or stimulatingunexciting but likable



causing excitement; stirring; stimulating
Derived Formsexcitingly, 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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