eager


eager
eager1
eagerly, adv.eagerness, n.
/ee"geuhr/, adj.
1. keen or ardent in desire or feeling; impatiently longing: I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing.
2. characterized by or revealing great earnestness: an eager look.
3. Obs. keen; sharp; biting.
[1250-1300; ME egre < AF, OF egre, aigre < VL *acrus for L acer sharp]
Syn. 1. enthusiastic, desirous. See avid. 2. fervent, zealous, fervid, intent, intense, earnest.
Ant. 1, 2. indifferent, uninterested. 2. heedless.
eager2
/ee"geuhr, ay"geuhr/, n. Chiefly Brit.
eagre.

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