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eager

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adjective ea·ger \ˈē-gər\

Simple Definition of eager

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

Full Definition of eager

  1. 1 a archaic :  sharp b obsolete :  sour

  2. 2 :  marked by enthusiastic or impatient desire or interest

ea·ger·ly adverb
ea·ger·ness noun

Examples of eager

  1. … wine connoisseurs eager to visit cellars and late-fall pilgrims seeking the increasingly rare white truffle … —Corby Kummer, Atlantic, August 2000

  2. … so many religions were steeped in an absolutist frame of mind—each convinced that it alone had a monopoly on the truth and therefore eager for the state to impose this truth on others. —Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, 1996

  3. She was eager to get started.

  4. The crowd was eager for more.



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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