worked up


: emotionally aroused : excited

Examples of worked up in a Sentence

What is she so worked up about? He got all worked up over the football game.
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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of worked up was in 1835

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“Worked up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

worked up

: emotionally excited
all worked up over the football game

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