eager

1
[ee-ger]

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.

Nearby words

  1. eadred,
  2. eads,
  3. eadwig,
  4. eadwine,
  5. eagan,
  6. eager beaver,
  7. eagerly,
  8. eagle,
  9. eagle eye,
  10. eagle owl

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
1. enthusiastic, desirous. See avid. 2. fervent, zealous, fervid, intent, intense, earnest.

Related formsea·ger·ly, adverbea·ger·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for eagerly

eager

1

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 Formseagerly, adverbeagerness, noun

Word Origin for eager

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

eager

2

noun

a variant spelling of eagre
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Word Origin and History for eagerly

eager

adj.

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.

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