- 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 eagerness
As a result of all that eagerness, Risen argues, the U.S. was hustled by more than a few con artists.Speed Read: James Risen Indicts The War On Terror’s Costly Follies
October 14, 2014
The details of each candidate's health care platform will matter a lot less than the candidate's eagerness for the fight.How Obama is Setting the Stage for Hillary in 2016
September 15, 2013
She was a wonderful lady with an eagerness to help the poorest women of Paktika.‘We Killed Sushmita Banerjee’ Says Renegade Taliban Militia
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
September 14, 2013
I explained that, as I saw it, it was her eagerness to be accepted that was putting the United Synagogue off.A Confession on the Ninth of Av
July 15, 2013
Leading House Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan, have trumpeted their eagerness to force a budget sequester in March.Defense Hawks, America Needs You Now
January 31, 2013
Obstacles will only increase his eagerness and multiply his artifices.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
And it was with eagerness that I accepted the touching invitation.
But the eagerness was all gone from his, and only the pallor left.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She opened her eyes with a gleam of eagerness to hear the words.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
In his eagerness, he saw no one save the woman whom he loved.Within the Law
- (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 eagerness
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.