keen

1
[ keen ]
/ kin /

adjective, keen·er, keen·est.

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Origin of keen

1
First recorded 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”

synonym study for keen

1, 4. See sharp. 5. See avid.

OTHER WORDS FROM keen

keenly, adverbkeenness, noun

Definition for keen (2 of 2)

keen2
[ keen ]
/ kin /

noun

a wailing lament for the dead.

verb (used without object)

to wail in lamentation for the dead.

verb (used with object)

to mourn for by or with such keening or wailing: keening his mother while kneeling at her grave.

Origin of keen

2
1805–15; <Irish caoine (noun), caoin- (v., stem of caoinim) lament

OTHER WORDS FROM keen

keener, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for keen (1 of 2)

keen1
/ (kiːn) /

adjective

Derived forms of keen

keenly, 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 keen (2 of 2)

keen2
/ (kiːn) /

verb (intr)

to lament the dead

noun

a dirge or lament for the dead

Derived forms of keen

keener, noun

Word Origin for keen

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