excitable

Someone who's excitable easily becomes excited, enthusiastic, or eager. A five-year-old will be especially excitable at her own birthday party.

When you describe someone as excitable, you'll usually mean it as a mild criticism — the person is easily overstimulated, and becomes excited far too readily. Passing out candy in an elementary school classroom — or bacon among a bunch of puppies — will demonstrate just how excitable a group can be. Excitable comes from the Latin excitabilis, "inciting or animating," from excitare, "stir up" or "awaken."

Definitions of excitable
  1. adjective
    easily excited
    Synonyms:
    high-keyed
    (of persons) excitable
    quick, warm
    easily aroused or excited
    flighty, nervous, skittish, spooky
    unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)
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    Antonyms:
    unexcitable
    not easily excited
    steady
    not easily excited or upset
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  2. adjective
    capable of responding to stimuli
    synonyms: irritable
    sensitive
    responsive to physical stimuli
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