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

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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Recent Examples on the Web For further information write to GMGCplantsale@gmail.com Please note that members are eager to help you with your purchases, plant combinations and tips for planting success. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "May contributes new chances to reflect, to help and to grow: Sun Messages," 11 May 2020 Republican Louisiana legislators irritated by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to extend the state's stay-at-home order through May 15 were eager to return to work. Anchorage Daily News, "Italy lets millions back to work, US restrictions easing up," 5 May 2020 Those eager to find more clarity by striking up a meditation practice should also dive in on their birthdays. Alia Akkam, House Beautiful, "A Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Birthdays at Home," 4 May 2020 The profession suited her personality — upbeat, empathetic and eager to help. Los Angeles Times, "A nurse died from COVID-19. Her family says elite L.A. care home ordered her to admit a sick man," 1 May 2020 Led by other young people eager to help their communities, there's no telling how far FTFL will expand. Danielle Barker, USA TODAY, "23-year-old's nonprofit feeds frontline workers for free," 30 Apr. 2020 Volunteers -- who are often eager to help after natural disasters -- may be harder to come by during an outbreak, Gabriel said. Ben Steverman, Bloomberg.com, "Nonprofits Prepare for Worst With Wealthy Losing Billions," 29 Apr. 2020 Many people are eager to help and just need to be asked. Laurie Archbald-pannone, The Conversation, "Chronic conditions worsen coronavirus risk – here’s how to manage them amid the pandemic," 22 Apr. 2020 Congress is cooking up another round of economic stimulus and Trump seems eager to help spend. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: As predicted, a bad week but hopeful ending," 11 Apr. 2020

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

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18 May 2020

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“Eager.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eager. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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eager

adjective
How to pronounce eager (audio)

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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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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