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

Other Words from excitable

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

Examples of excitable in a Sentence

an excitable child who needs a stable home life
Recent Examples on the Web In the courtroom that day, David Schoen, a small, excitable man who is one of Bannon’s defense attorneys, made a fuss over a witness called by the government–Kristin Amerling, deputy staff director and chief counsel to the January 6th Committee. Adele M. Stan, The New Republic, 21 July 2022 Ryujin’s calm energy is a contrast to Yuna’s excitable charm, and when the shy Chaeryeong speaks, the others silently encourage her and help her out. Tanu I. Raj, Billboard, 15 July 2022 HallyuPopFest also hopes local businesses in town for the festival can also network to find ways to connect their brands to the influential world of K-pop stars whose excitable fanbases can reach millions in impressions and activations. Jeff Benjamin, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Morrison was one of the most excitable members of the panel, making his grand entrance onto the stage with a traditional Māori haka and receiving a standing ovation from the audience. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 28 May 2022 One little girl sits in the grass and hugs Miriam, an excitable, floppy eared princess who loves to be cuddled. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 30 May 2022 That Lux later redeemed himself with the game-winning hit was a sweet twist of fate that had the ever-excitable kid conjuring up big things. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2022 The Downton staff – from excitable cook Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) to loyal lady’s maid Anna (Joanne Froggatt) – is atwitter surrounded by celebrities. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 Reportedly under pressure from ABC, after years of dwindling television ratings, the Academy gave in—and received weeks of blowback, its detractors including everyone from Steven Spielberg to the excitable entity known as Film Twitter. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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


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

Kids Definition of excitable

: easily excited


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 excitable (audio) \ noun, plural excitabilities

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