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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Photo: Russian Defence Ministry/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Moscow isn’t eager to confront U.S. forces head-on: Russia has a military budget about a 10th the size of the Pentagon’s. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "The New Iron Curtain: Russian Missile Defense Challenges U.S. Air Power," 23 Jan. 2019 Wilson, who got in touch with Heathers after finding out about the initial survey, is eager to discover what’s going on in her own body. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Creating goosebumps at will may be more interesting than it sounds," 6 Aug. 2018 In other news, the Gunners have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon as the Argentina outfit are eager to tie him to a new deal which would see his release clause increased to £37.5m. SI.com, "Arsenal Boss Unai Emery Insists He 'Wants to Work With' Aaron Ramsey Amid Contract Standoff," 12 July 2018 When Trump is eager to make a deal, everything else fades from view, explained Jack O'Donnell, a former Trump Organization executive. Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "From real estate to diplomacy, Trump chases the ultimate deal in Singapore," 10 June 2018 Theresa May seems eager to be appropriate, no more. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The Odd Way We Announce for President Now," 17 Jan. 2019 But his grim outlook aside, Kelly seems eager to kick off her new show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey Hints He's Leaving His Talk Show Because of Kelly Clarkson Deal," 10 Jan. 2019 So Trump, despite seeming eager just a few days earlier to take credit for a shutdown and precipitating the crisis by threatening to veto a spending bill, is pointing his finger at the Democrats. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the blame game over the government shutdown is pointless," 21 Dec. 2018 For clients, its a chance to engage directly with the clothes and on-site stylists and the brand seems eager to take the idea on the road. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "A New Wave of Size-Inclusive Pop-Ups Is Shaking Up the Holiday Shopping Experience," 5 Dec. 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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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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