- keen or ardent in desire or feeling; impatiently longing: I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing.
- characterized by or revealing great earnestness: an eager look.
- Obsolete. keen; sharp; biting.
Origin of eager1
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- a tidal bore or flood.
Origin of eagre
Examples from the Web for eager
This is the Mexico that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and most major U.S. corporations, are eager to call amigo.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
In August 1984, I arrived at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, eager to jump into college life.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, most of us are eager to return home for the holiday.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
Many were just eager to forget, absolve, or overlook serious accusations, simply because doing so would be hugely convenient.It’s Not Just Cosby: Hollywood’s Long List of Male Scumbags
November 19, 2014
So why, you might ask, are many of our leaders so eager to build it?The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
He was eager now to be off, and the time would hang heavily.
The unfermented wine of another spring day came to his eager nostrils.
There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.
How pale and eager their faces looked as they bent above him!Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Miss Wilder listened attentively to Grace's eager outpouring.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- (postpositive; often foll by to or for) impatiently desirous (of); anxious or avid (for)he was eager to see her departure
- characterized by or feeling expectancy or great desirean eager look
- archaic tart or biting; sharp
- a variant spelling of eagre
- a tidal bore, esp of the Humber or Severn estuary
Word Origin and History for eager
late 13c., "strenuous, ardent, fierce, angry," from Old French aigre "sour, acid; harsh, bitter, rough; eager greedy; lively, active, forceful," from Latin acrem (nominative acer) "keen, sharp, pointed, piercing; acute, ardent, zealous" (see acrid).
Meaning "full of keen desire" (early 14c.) seems to be peculiar to English. The English word kept an alternative meaning of "pungent, sharp-edged" till 19c. (e.g. Shakespeare's "The bitter clamour of two eager tongues," in "Richard II"). Related: Eagerly; eagerness.