adjective, keen·er, keen·est.
Origin of keen1
Synonyms for keen
Antonyms for keen
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of keen2
Related Words for keenimpatient, avid, fierce, fervent, anxious, eager, ardent, intense, acute, strong, wise, shrewd, discriminating, sensitive, quick, sharp, astute, devoted, alert, spirited
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Contemporary Examples of keen
Would a state with a keen understanding of the power of propaganda be so willing to just throw away such a trove of information?No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
Manttan is keen to carry out research on that Burmese side of the railway as his father worked on that section.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
And because millions of us are so keen to do just that, our behavioral habits are changing.Why Every Home Needs a Drone This Holiday
December 8, 2014
The Telegraph reports that he is fluent in Swahili and a keen zoologist.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission
December 2, 2014
What results is a kind of mashup concert, a virtuoso mixed-media DJ set tuned to a keen emotional pitch.War Is About More Than Heroes, Martyrs, and Patriots
Nathan Bradley Bethea
November 12, 2014
Historical Examples of keen
Nor, my dear, does your own mother always escape the keen edge of your vivacity.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
So keen the blade, so soft the touch, the sleeper did not wake!
His keen eyes had perceived Mary Turner's graces of form, her loveliness of face.Within the Law
She had meant to wait; but, with his keen eyes on her, she could not dissemble.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
But you would pardon me if you knew how much I have suffered from it, and how keen my remorse has been.The Dream
Word Origin for keen
Word Origin for keen
c.1200, from Old English cene "bold brave," later "clever, wise," from Proto-Germanic *kan- "be able to" (see can). Original prehistoric senses seem to have been both "brave" and "skilled;" cognate with Old Norse kænn "skillful, wise," Middle Dutch coene "bold," Dutch koen, Old High German kuon "pugnacious, strong," German kühn "bold, daring." Sense of "eager" is from mid-14c. The meaning "sharp" is peculiar to English: of blades and edges early 13c., of sounds c.1400, of eyesight c.1720. A popular word of approval in teenager and student slang from c.1900.
"lament," 1811, from Irish caoinim "I weep, wail, lament," from Old Irish coinim "I wail." Related: Keened; keening. As a noun from 1830.