Definition of excitable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ikˈsīdəb(ə)l/


1Responding rather too readily to something new or stimulating; too easily excited: Chip could be a bit wayward and excitable
More example sentences
  • The easily excitable man with the curly hair has decided to join myself and Jared in this little experiment and has already posted his first song.
  • The most easily excitable ones immediately interpreted his comments to mean that he thought women were dumb.
  • The Artisan Child is highly active, easily excitable, likes taking risks and getting into mischief.
temperamental, mercurial, volatile, emotional, sensitive, high-strung, unstable, nervous, tense, edgy, jumpy, twitchy, uneasy, neurotic
informal uptight, wired
1.1(Of tissue or a cell) responsive to stimulation.
Example sentences
  • The authors review excitable membrane potentials and neurotransmitters.
  • Heart cells, like other electrically excitable cells, become inexcitable for a brief period after each action potential.
  • Voltage-sensitive Na + channels are responsible for the upstroke of the action potential in excitable cells.



Pronunciation: /ikˌsīdəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • Paradoxical CNS stimulation results in talkativeness, excitability, restlessness, anxiety, mania, hyperactivity, delirium, and rage.
  • Euphoria is gradually displaced by restlessness, extreme excitability, insomnia, and paranoia - and eventually hallucinations and delusions.
  • Using police strategies and crowd simulations to inspire protest tactics, Nold relies on the excitability of crowds and offers tools for civil disobedience including sonic vibration for material disturbance.


Pronunciation: /-əblē/
Example sentences
  • ‘When we hire guys, they know [not to] bring any mental baggage in here,’ Koenig says pacing excitably across the dim studio, red wine in hand.
  • Moore scrambles around the film like a big shaggy dog, jumping up and knocking things over, excitably putting together all sorts of possible connections.
  • The two managed a pretty good Mutt and Jeff routine between them: squat, professorially-maned Rosenbaum prodded and praised excitably while the lean, unflappable director shrugged off analysis and goofed for the crowd.

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Syllabification: ex·cit·a·ble

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