- 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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Examples from the Web for eagerly
Up and down the plane I heard the slap of blinders yanked down over the windows while the rest of us eagerly took in the view.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
For the past four years it is one of the books that I most eagerly await.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
The rally had been eagerly attended, was sporadically enthusiastic, and left almost no impression once it was over.Scott Walker: Too Boring to Beat
Ana Marie Cox
November 5, 2014
Ben H. Winters is out this July with the eagerly anticipated finale to his critically acclaimed The Last Policeman trilogy.What Would You Do if the World Was Over?
August 5, 2014
How eagerly she looks forward to pay day, for that little mite means so much at home.The Daring Journalist Nellie Bly Hasn’t Lost Her Cred in a Century
July 18, 2014
Exclusion was to me starvation, and I eagerly adopted the counsel of my companion.
Griggs regarded Mary eagerly, as she sat with eyes downcast.Within the Law
Here was an opportunity not to be neglected, and it was eagerly seized upon.The Roof of France
The words flowed easily, eagerly; I had so often gone over the plan.The Bacillus of Beauty
With clouded brow he eagerly scanned the empty fields, hoping for help.In the Midst of Alarms
- (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
Word Origin and History for eagerly
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.