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1 able to sense slight impressions or differences
  • pilots with especially keen eyesight
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2 causing intense discomfort to one's skin
  • The keen wind gave me chapped lips.
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3 having an edge thin enough to cut or pierce something
  • My doctor lanced the boil with a keen scalpel.
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4 having or showing quickness of mind
  • readers who were keen enough to realize that the writer was being satirical
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5 showing urgent desire or interest
  • a keen hunger for fame and fortune in the fashion industry
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champing at the bit, chomping at the bit

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sharp, keen, acute mean having or showing alert competence and clear understanding. sharp implies quick perception, clever resourcefulness, or sometimes questionable trickiness.
    • sharp enough to spot a confidence game
keen suggests quickness, enthusiasm, and a penetrating mind.
    • a keen observer of the political scene
acute implies a power to penetrate and may suggest subtlety and sharpness of discrimination.
    • an acute sense of style

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a crying out in grief
  • the loud keens of the mourners
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to make a long loud mournful sound
  • mourners keening for the dead
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