wound up

adjective

Definition of wound up

informal
:nervous or excited
  • Don't get the kids all wound up.
  • The crowd was wound up when the band came on stage.

Word by Word Definitions

wound play
  1. : an injury to the body (as from violence, accident, or surgery) that typically involves laceration or breaking of a membrane (such as the skin) and usually damage to underlying tissues

  2. : a cut or breach in a plant usually due to an external agent

  3. : a mental or emotional hurt or blow

  1. : to cause a wound to or in

  2. : to inflict a wound

  1. : past tense and past participle of wind

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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