excitable

adjective

ex·​cit·​able ik-ˈsī-tə-bəl How to pronounce excitable (audio)
1
: capable of being readily roused into action or a state of excitement or irritability
2
: capable of being activated by and reacting to stimuli
excitable cells
excitability noun
excitableness noun

Examples of excitable in a Sentence

an excitable child who needs a stable home life
Recent Examples on the Web Already, jurors have heard about the Trump 2016 campaign’s dealings with tabloid publishers, excitable lawyers, and alt-right crusaders. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 3 May 2024 Like many other successful streamers, Sketch plays something of a character — a bombastic and excitable trash talker who at times mimics how quarterbacks communicate on the field with their offense. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 10 Apr. 2024 The excitable Watts declared the show a tribute to all the piano players working in bars, cruise ships, shopping centers — even the nicer Menards locations. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2024 In turn, the EEG arises from the excitable nature of nerve cells, or neurons. Giridhar Kalamangalam, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 Some of Wiig’s most memorable recurring characters, Michaels says, rested on the vaguest wisp of an idea, like Surprised Sue, an excitable woman who can’t keep herself from giddily ruining surprises. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2024 Swimming through the cave is akin to an out-of-body experience, even when other excitable visitors are bobbing around you. Rachel Howard, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2024 Will Ferrell has arguably never been better as Buddy, an excitable man raised by elves in the North Pole who travels to New York City upon learning that his biological father (James Caan) is on the naughty list. Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 12 Dec. 2023 The parallels to today are not lost on the excitable denizens of Britain’s political class. Mark Landler, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of excitable was in 1609

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“Excitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excitable. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

excitable

adjective
ex·​cit·​able ik-ˈsīt-ə-bəl How to pronounce excitable (audio)
1
: easily excited
2
: capable of being excited
excitability noun

Medical Definition

excitable

adjective
ex·​cit·​able ik-ˈsīt-ə-bəl How to pronounce excitable (audio)
of living tissue or an organism
: capable of being activated by and reacting to stimuli : exhibiting irritability
the biochemistry of excitable membranesScience
excitability noun
plural excitabilities

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