Origin of eager1
Definition for eager (2 of 3)
noun Chiefly British.
Definition for eager (3 of 3)
noun Chiefly British.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, most of us are eager to return home for the holiday.
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|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jack Holmes|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"A quarter of a mile further upstream there's an old wood-road," he went on, in answer to Fred's eager query.
Lily tossed the missile into the other girl's lap, for she was too eager to open her own two letters to cause any further delay.The Girl Scouts' Good Turn|Edith Lavell
Who could resist the smiles of the chalk-faced females of Cash Street, all eager to laud his bravery.
They sought each other with eager arms, clung together, pressing close, without further speech.The Patriot|Antonio Fogazzaro
We knew some mischief was afoot, and they were so eager on it that we came up unnoticed.The Free Rangers|Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for eager (1 of 3)
Word Origin for eager
British Dictionary definitions for eager (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for eager (3 of 3)
Word Origin for eagre
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.