eager

1
[ ee-ger ]
/ ˈi gər /

adjective

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 eager

1
1250–1300; Middle English egre < Anglo-French, Old French egre, aigre < Vulgar Latin *ācrus for Latin ācer sharp

SYNONYMS FOR eager

2 fervent, zealous, fervid, intent, intense, earnest.

Related forms

ea·ger·ly, adverbea·ger·ness, noun

Definition for eager (2 of 3)

eager

2
[ ee-ger, ey-ger ]
/ ˈi gər, ˈeɪ gər /

noun Chiefly British.

Definition for eager (3 of 3)

eagre

or ea·ger

[ ee-ger, ey-ger ]
/ ˈi gər, ˈeɪ gər /

noun Chiefly British.

a tidal bore or flood.

Origin of eagre

1640–50; apparently representing earlier agar, ager, obscurely akin to hyger, higre; (compare Anglo-Latin (12th century) higra the tidal bore of the Severn); compared with Old English ēgor, eogor flood, high tide, though preservation of g in modern forms is problematic
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British Dictionary definitions for eager (1 of 3)

eager

1
/ (ˈiːɡə) /

adjective

(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

Derived Forms

eagerly, adverbeagerness, noun

Word Origin for eager

C13: from Old French egre, from Latin acer sharp, keen

British Dictionary definitions for eager (2 of 3)

eager

2
/ (ˈeɪɡə) /

noun

a variant spelling of eagre

British Dictionary definitions for eager (3 of 3)

eagre

eager

/ (ˈeɪɡə) /

noun

a tidal bore, esp of the Humber or Severn estuary

Word Origin for eagre

C17: perhaps from Old English ēagor flood; compare Old English ēa river, water
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