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[ik-sahy-tid] /ɪkˈsaɪ tɪd/
stirred emotionally; agitated:
An excited crowd awaited the arrival of the famed rock group.
stimulated to activity; brisk:
an excited buying and selling of stocks.
Origin of excited
1650-60; excite + -ed2
Related forms
excitedly, adverb
excitedness, noun
hyperexcited, adjective
superexcited, adjective
unexcited, adjective
Can be confused
excited, exited.
1. ruffled, discomposed, stormy, perturbed, impassioned. 2. eager, active, enthusiastic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for excitedly
  • But the three friends also spoke excitedly of having witnessed history unfold.
  • And all these people are commenting excitedly about an announcement that there will be an announcement.
  • Locals also talk excitedly of future sales of holiday and retirement homes-hardly the original idea.
  • It was the result of a bungle: a bureaucratic rule-change misleadingly announced and over-excitedly reported.
  • With others they would talk excitedly about the changes.
  • Whereupon they're in her apartment again, taking their clothes off, she excitedly cuddling her new doll in a bed heaped with them.
  • He calls his doctor excitedly and asks him to come over at once.
  • The mood on the street became almost festive, as people talked excitedly in large groups.
  • He was still talking excitedly when a biologist came by with a plastic bag.
  • The dogs began to bark excitedly as twilight dimmed.
British Dictionary definitions for excitedly


emotionally aroused, esp to pleasure or agitation
characterized by excitement: an excited dance
sexually aroused
(of an atom, molecule, etc) occupying an energy level above the ground state
Derived Forms
excitedly, adverb
excitedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for excitedly



1650s, "magnetically or electrically stimulated;" modern sense of "agitated" attested 1855; past participle adjective from excite. Related: Excitedly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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