excitable

adjective
ex·​cit·​able | \ ik-ˈsī-tə-bəl How to pronounce excitable (audio) \

Definition of excitable

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

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Other Words from excitable

excitability \ ik-​ˌsī-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce excitability (audio) \ noun
excitableness \ ik-​ˈsī-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce excitableness (audio) \ noun

Examples of excitable in a Sentence

an excitable child who needs a stable home life

Recent Examples on the Web

An excitable dog named Virgil once jumped in my lap. BostonGlobe.com, "15 things to love and 11 things to loathe about Boston," 2 July 2019 People with migraines have overly-excitable brains, so a completely normal trigger can set off this reaction. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "Khloé Kardashian Got Migraines Following Cheating Scandal," 25 June 2019 For the first time since straining his left hamstring on May 24, the Astros' excitable center fielder took batting practice on the field before Wednesday's game against the Mariners. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' George Springer works to get back to full speed," 5 June 2019 Jolles, who played the hangdog office worker George on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, makes Shep an excitable doofus. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blowing Up Right Now': Film Review," 16 June 2019 The Warriors are always a spirited group, their bench alive, because the Warriors are an exciting and excitable ballclub, but in Game 3 of the Finals, there was a very different vibe. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ ‘Strength in Numbers’ takes Game 3 gut punch. Here’s the reality," 5 June 2019 But for those of us as equally excitable about celebrity hair and makeup, today is the unofficial anniversary for major celebrity makeovers. Glamour, "The 2019 Met Gala Hair and Makeup Looks Everyone Will Be Talking About," 6 May 2019 Some kissing guidelines apply to basically everyone who doesn’t have a few very specific kinks. Don’t lick someone’s entire face in the manner of an excitable golden retriever. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 14 People How to Make Kissing Even Better," 28 Mar. 2019 The couple were waved off by the excitable and adorable pageboys and flower girls wearing Spanish label La Oca Loca; the girls in organdy and lace white dresses and flowered espadrilles and the boys in linen tops and shorts. Vogue, "California Dreamers: Hayley Bloomingdale’s Stylish Santa Barbara Wedding," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of excitable

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for excitable

excitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of excitable

: easily excited

excitable

adjective
ex·​cit·​able | \ ik-ˈsī-tə-bəl How to pronounce excitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of excitable

: easily excited

excitable

adjective
ex·​cit·​able | \ ik-ˈsīt-ə-bəl How to pronounce excitable (audio) \

Medical Definition of excitable

of living tissue or an organism
: capable of being activated by and reacting to stimuli : exhibiting irritability the biochemistry of excitable membranesScience

Other Words from excitable

excitability \ -​ˌsīt-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce excitability (audio) \ noun, plural excitabilities

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