eager

adjective
ea·ger | \ˈē-gər \

Definition of eager 

1a archaic : sharp

b obsolete : sour

2 : marked by enthusiastic or impatient desire or interest

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Other Words from eager

eagerly adverb
eagerness noun

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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

eager, anxious, and keen mean having or showing a strong desire or interest. eager is used when there is much enthusiasm and often impatience. Eager travelers waited for their train. anxious is used when there is fear of failure or disappointment. I was anxious to learn who won. keen is used when there is great interest and readiness to act. The new scouts are keen to learn.

Examples of eager in a Sentence

… wine connoisseurs eager to visit cellars and late-fall pilgrims seeking the increasingly rare white truffle … — Corby Kummer, Atlantic, August 2000 … 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 She was eager to get started. The crowd was eager for more.
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Having seen his career stagnate in recent years, the tenacious midfielder will be eager to get himself back on track with a new fresh start. SI.com, "Barcelona Ace Rafinha's Agent Claims Star Has Had Many Offers as Inter Pull Out of Permanent Deal," 28 June 2018 However, after his captain determined there was no concussion and just an ugly cut, the greenhorn was eager to get back to work. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 10 recap: tempers flare as a new fishing season gets off to a rocky start," 13 June 2018 Trudeau did not seem eager to match Trump's rancor. Damian Paletta, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, White House advisers blast Canada's Trudeau in brutal aftermath of G-7 summit," 11 June 2018 But people are also eager to see if a second Ebola vaccine can be tested in this outbreak. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Ebola outbreak opens way to chaotic jockeying to test experimental drugs," 30 May 2018 Councilmember Bonin is eager to get these bathrooms open and has managed to remove all the obstacles at the city level. Gale Holland, latimes.com, "It took more than a decade to open public bathrooms on skid row. After three months, they're already gone," 29 May 2018 Carmel's Kibler eager to launch college career Carmel's Drew Kibler, last year's male athlete of the year winner and this year's boy's swimmer of the year, won't have much time for games, on the other hand. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Romeo Langford shares prowess on 'Fortnite' and Mr. Football dishes on Kanye West," 14 May 2018 When the economy was struggling, employers became accustomed to inboxes flooded with résumés and snaking lines of eager applicants. Patricia Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, "Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains," 14 July 2018 But there was a problem: Thousands of eager parents and children resulted in long lines in malls across the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Shut out of Build-a-Bear Pay Your Age Day? Try this birthday month deal instead.," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of eager

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for eager

Middle English egre, from Anglo-French egre, aigre, from Latin acer — more at edge

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The first known use of eager was in the 14th century

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eager

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of eager

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

eager

adjective
ea·ger | \ˈē-gər \

Kids Definition of eager

: very excited and interested … bright eager eyes were looking up into hers …— Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Other Words from eager

eagerly adverb
eagerness noun

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