Origin of eager1
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|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the past four years it is one of the books that I most eagerly await.
The rally had been eagerly attended, was sporadically enthusiastic, and left almost no impression once it was over.
Ben H. Winters is out this July with the eagerly anticipated finale to his critically acclaimed The Last Policeman trilogy.
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|Jessica Ferri|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A dozen or more fell into the boat, and were eagerly seized and killed by the famishing crew.The Voyage of the "Steadfast"|W.H.G. Kingston
You have lived and fought in old countries, or among old peoples, spoke Nat, eagerly.The Young Continentals at Bunker Hill|John T. McIntyre
Taking counsel of their desires, people have eagerly caught at straws to convince themselves that peace was certain.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2)|Hazard Stevens
I was anxious to die, and eagerly would I have taken the sugar disc had I had any reason to believe that it was deadly poison.A Mind That Found Itself|Clifford Whittingham Beers
After the King had seen the messenger he sent for Gareth, and Gareth left his scouring and went gaily and eagerly to him.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping|Elizabeth Hale Gilman
Word Origin 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.