over·​ex·​cit·​ed ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsī-təd How to pronounce overexcited (audio)
: excited to an excessive degree
overexcited children
overexcited neurons
an overexcited imagination
"Oh, cool!" I said, maybe a little overexcited because I was trying to get him psyched up.R. J. Palacio
overexcitedly adverb
… I thought we had all gone mad, for we roared stupidly with laughter and shouted overexcitedly at the completely fantastic sight we saw. Thor Heyerdahl

Examples of overexcited in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drone footage, which was first published by The U.S. Sun, showed large crowds of co-eds sprawled out across the beach, and a fun beach boxing bout with gloves, a ref and an overexcited crowd cheering them on. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 12 Mar. 2024 Though anticipating food can do the trick for mice, little Mickeys, and Minnies sometimes drop off unexpectedly when they get overexcited about social encounters or running on a wheel. Discover Magazine, 13 Jan. 2024 Experts have also observed similar kinds of overexcited behavior in wild species, such as elephants, too. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 7 Sep. 2023 McCann quickly identified that Irvin was overexcited, which the left-hander said was a product of the beginning of camp. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 27 Feb. 2023 This loss of restraint leads to overexcited, hyperactive muscles. Valeriya Chupinina, ELLE, 25 Feb. 2023 Archer and his colleagues, after all, would not have been the first people in history to get a little overexcited and ahead of themselves at the thought of some gold. Chris Heath, The Atlantic, 17 June 2022 Instead, some price jumps could just be the result of overexcited investors who are looking at very real prospects for growth, but are getting a bit ahead of themselves. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 4 May 2021 What’s more, some have speculated that the tendency of children with autism to experience sensory overstimulation may stem from the inability to tamp down overexcited neurons. Adam Piore, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overexcited was in 1856

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