adjective ea·ger \ˈē-gər\

: very excited and interested : feeling a strong and impatient desire to do something or for something

Full Definition of EAGER

a archaic :  sharp
b obsolete :  sour
:  marked by enthusiastic or impatient desire or interest
ea·ger·ly adverb
ea·ger·ness noun

Examples of EAGER

  1. She was eager to get started.
  2. The crowd was eager for more.
  3. … wine connoisseurs eager to visit cellars and late-fall pilgrims seeking the increasingly rare white truffle … —Corby Kummer, Atlantic, August 2000

Origin of EAGER

Middle English egre, from Anglo-French egre, aigre, from Latin acer — more at edge
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of EAGER

eager, avid, keen, anxious, athirst mean moved by a strong and urgent desire or interest. eager implies ardor and enthusiasm and sometimes impatience at delay or restraint <eager to get started>. avid adds to eager the implication of insatiability or greed <avid for new thrills>. keen suggests intensity of interest and quick responsiveness in action <keen on the latest fashions>. anxious emphasizes fear of frustration or failure or disappointment <anxious not to make a social blunder>. athirst stresses yearning but not necessarily readiness for action <athirst for adventure>.

Rhymes with EAGER


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