(as) keen as mustard

Definition of (as) keen as mustard

British
: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

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

  2. : extremely sensitive in perception

  3. : sharply contested

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

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

  3. : to lament, mourn, or complain loudly

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

mustard play
  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

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

  3. : zest


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