eager

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adjective ea·ger \ ˈē-gər \

Definition of eager

1 a archaic :sharp
b obsolete :sour
2 :marked by enthusiastic or impatient desire or interest

eagerly

adverb

eagerness

noun

Examples of eager in a Sentence

  1. … wine connoisseurs eager to visit cellars and late-fall pilgrims seeking the increasingly rare white truffle … —Corby KummerAtlanticAugust 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 SaganThe Demon-Haunted World1996
  3. She was eager to get started.

  4. The crowd was eager for more.

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Origin and Etymology of eager

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

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

EAGER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of eager for English Language Learners

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


EAGER Defined for Kids

eager

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adjective ea·ger \ ˈē-gər \

Definition of eager for Students

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

eagerly

adverb

eagerness

noun

Synonym Discussion of eager

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.


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