keen

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[ keen ]
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adjective, keen·er, keen·est.

Origin of keen

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before 900; 1930–35 for def 8; Middle English kene, Old English cēne; cognate with German kühn, Old High German chuoni bold, Old Norse kœnn wise, skillful
SYNONYMS FOR keen
1, 4 See sharp.
2 cutting, bitter, caustic.
3 piercing, penetrating, acute.
4 discerning, acute, astute, sagacious, shrewd, clever.
5 See avid.
7 earnest, fervid.
Related formskeen·ly, adverbkeen·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for keener (1 of 3)

keener

/ (ˈkiːnə) /

noun

Canadian informal a person, esp a student, who is keen, enthusiastic, or zealous

British Dictionary definitions for keener (2 of 3)

keen

1
/ (kiːn) /

adjective

Derived Formskeenly, adverbkeenness, noun

Word Origin for keen

Old English cēne; related to Old High German kuoni brave, Old Norse koenn wise; see can 1, know

British Dictionary definitions for keener (3 of 3)

keen

2
/ (kiːn) /

verb (intr)

to lament the dead

noun

a dirge or lament for the dead
Derived Formskeener, noun

Word Origin for keen

C19: from Irish Gaelic caoine, from Old Irish coīnim I wail
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