(as) keen as mustard

Definition of (as) keen as mustard


  1. :  very excited and interested :  very enthusiastic I gave him the job because he was willing to learn and seemed as keen as mustard.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  intellectually alert :  having or characteristic of a quick penetrating mind

    :  shrewdly astute

    :  extremely sensitive in perception

  1. :  to make a loud and long cry of sorrow :  to lament with a keen

    :  to make a sound suggestive of a loud cry of sorrow

    :  to lament, mourn, or complain loudly

  1. :  a lamentation for the dead uttered in a loud wailing voice or sometimes in a wordless cry

  1. :  a pungent yellow condiment consisting of the pulverized seeds of various mustard plants (such as Sinapis alba, Brassica juncea, and B. nigra) either dry or made into a paste or sauce (as by mixing with water or vinegar) and sometimes adulterated with other substances (such as turmeric) or mixed with spices

    :  the seed of a mustard plant used as a spice and in medicine as a stimulant and diuretic, an emetic, or a counterirritant

    :  zest

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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