eager

adjective
ea·​ger | \ ˈē-gər How to pronounce eager (audio) \

Definition of eager

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

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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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The message was clear in my eager-to-succeed young mind: My worth lay in my achievements. Chaunie Brusie, Glamour, "How I Realized I Didn’t Need to Have It All," 24 May 2019 West took Maximum Security off the Triple Crown trail, but Casse was eager to get War of Will back on the track two years after Classic Empire finished second in the Preakness. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse," 19 May 2019 Moments later, Meghan McCain was eager to get in on the fun and ran off set to go get them. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'The View' Stars Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar Walk Off Friday's Show," 14 Dec. 2018 The company is eager to get into customers’ homes — hence its bid for kitchen appliances — and toy catalogs are the perfect way to indoctrinate children as miniature Amazon devotees. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Amazon’s 70-page catalog will be sent to millions of customers.," 7 Nov. 2018 Hypothetically, a trade package that includes Vucevic and/or Ross could bring Orlando a point guard if a team is eager to free cap space for the summer of 2019. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Keeping Aaron Gordon, finding point guard help top Magic’s free agency wish list," 1 July 2018 But then, to many eager followers' delight, the entire group of initial offerings was revealed on Saturday evening. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Skin’s First Products Have Been Revealed, and They’re Surprisingly Affordable," 12 May 2019 Jack Brooksbank turns 33 years old today—and Princess Eugenie and her family are eager to celebrate. The princess posted a candid selfie of the two of them to commemorate the occasion. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie and Prince Andrew Wish Jack Brooksbank a Happy Birthday," 3 May 2019 Microsoft seems eager to repeat the success of games that can be played on multiple platforms, including the smash hit, Fortnite, as well as PUBG and Microsoft’s own success story, Minecraft. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft ports Xbox Live to Android, iOS to extend the reach of Xbox," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of eager

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for eager

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

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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 How to pronounce eager (audio) \

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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