eager

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[ 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.

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Origin of eager

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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.

OTHER WORDS FROM eager

ea·ger·ly, adverbea·ger·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for eagerness (1 of 2)

eager1
/ (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 of eager

eagerly, adverbeagerness, noun

Word Origin for eager

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

British Dictionary definitions for eagerness (2 of 2)

eager2
/ (ˈeɪɡə) /

noun

a variant spelling of eagre
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