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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
  • 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 of the very best kind
  • that new digital camera sure is keen

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keen

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of keen (Entry 2 of 3)

a crying out in grief
  • the loud keens of the widows were heard throughout the war-ravaged city

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keen

verb

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1 to express dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment usually tiresomely
  • victims of the disaster have been keening for weeks about the slowness of governmental aid

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2 to make a long loud mournful sound
  • mourners keening for the victims of the bombing

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Adjective

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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The first known use of keen was in the 13th century

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“Keen.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/keen. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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