Eager vs. Keen

Eager vs. Keen — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Eager and Keen

Eageradjective

Having or showing keen interest, intense desire, or impatient expectancy. See Usage Note at anxious.

Keenadjective

Having a fine, sharp cutting edge or point.

Eageradjective

(Obsolete) Tart; sharp; cutting.

Keenadjective

Having or marked by intellectual quickness and acuity.

Eagernoun

Variant of eagre.

Keenadjective

Acutely sensitive

a keen ear.

Eagernoun

See tidal bore.

Keenadjective

Sharp; vivid; strong

"His entire body hungered for keen sensation, something exciting" (Richard Wright).

Eageradjective

(obsolete) Sharp; sour; acid.

Keenadjective

Intense or bracing

a keen wind.

Eageradjective

(obsolete) Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.

Keenadjective

Pungent; acrid

A keen smell of skunk was left behind.

Eageradjective

Desirous; keen to do or obtain something.

The hounds were eager in the chase.I was eager to show my teacher how much I'd learned over the holidays.You stayed up all night to get to the front of the queue. You must be very eager to get tickets.

Keenadjective

Ardent; enthusiastic

a keen chess player.

Eageradjective

Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.

Keenadjective

Eagerly desirous

keen on going to Europe in the spring.

Eageradjective

(comptheory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required.

an eager algorithm

Keenadjective

(Slang) Great; splendid; fine

What a keen day!.

Eagernoun

alternative form of eagre(tidal bore).

Keennoun

A loud wailing or lament for the dead.

Eagernoun

a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

Keenverb

To wail in lamentation, especially for the dead.

Eageradjective

having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy;

eager to learneager to travel abroadeager for successeager helpersan eager look

Keenadjective

Often with a prepositional phrase, or with to and an infinitive: showing a quick and ardent responsiveness or willingness; eager, enthusiastic, interested.

I’m keen about computers.He is keen for help.She’s keen to learn another language.“Do you want to go on holiday with me?” / “Yes, I’m keen.”

Eageradjective

marked by active interest and enthusiasm;

an avid sports fana great walkeran eager beaver

Keenadjective

Fierce, intense, vehement.

This boy has a keen appetite.

Keenadjective

Having a fine edge or point; sharp.

Keenadjective

Acute of mind, having or expressing mental acuteness; penetrating, sharp.

Keenadjective

Acrimonious, bitter, piercing.

keen satire or sarcasm

Keenadjective

Of cold, wind, etc.: cutting, penetrating, piercing, sharp.

a keen windthe cold is very keen

Keenadjective

(Britain) Extremely low as to be competitive.

keen prices

Keenadjective

Marvelous.

I just got this peachy keen new dress.

Keenadjective

(obsolete) Brave, courageous; audacious, bold.

Keenverb

To make cold, to sharpen.

Keenverb

(intransitive) To utter a keen.

Keenverb

(transitive) To utter with a loud wailing voice or wordless cry.

Keenverb

(transitive) To mourn.

Keennoun

A prolonged wail for a deceased person.

Keennoun

a funeral lament sung with loud wailing

Keenverb

express grief verbally;

we lamented the death of the child

Keenadjective

having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions;

an acute observer of politics and politiciansincisive commentsicy knifelike reasoningas sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fangpenetrating insightfrequent penetrative observations

Keenadjective

intense or sharp;

suffered exquisite painfelt exquisite pleasure

Keenadjective

very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation;

an incisive minda keen intelligenceof sharp and active intellect

Keenadjective

very good;

he did a bully joba neat sports carhad a great time at the partyyou look simply smashing

Keenadjective

as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument;

a cutting windkeen windsknifelike coldpiercing knifelike painspiercing coldpiercing criticisma stabbing painlancinating pain

Keenadjective

having a sharp cutting edge or point;

a keen blade