adjective, keen·er, keen·est.
- keeling islands,
- keen about, be,
- keene's cement,
Origin of keen1
Examples from the Web for keenly
Hildebrand was keenly aware of the grievous failures of Christians under Nazism.
This has made us keenly aware of the pain of being demonized simply for our faith.
But as we are all keenly aware, fate had far different plans.
I am keenly aware that such a view might be perceived by some as having a good dose of paranoia of my own.Even After Hobby Lobby, the Religious Right is Still Terrified|Gene Robinson|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Kennan Diaries contains many other keenly observed descriptions of people, places, and events.The Man Who Knew Russia Best: George Kennan’s Revealing Diaries|James A. Warren|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her eyes were bright, and all her sympathies were as keenly alive as they had been fifty years before.Gabriel Tolliver|Joel Chandler Harris
Durant looked at Campbell keenly, but he showed neither surprise nor indifference.The Mark of the Knife|Clayton H. Ernst
His stubbled red face, dust-smeared, queried us keenly; so did his curt voice.Desert Dust|Edwin L. Sabin
As a matter of fact, what Cowperwood had keenly suspected was literally true.The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
It was because he felt parting with Peter so keenly that Gourlay behaved more sullenly than usual.The House with the Green Shutters|George Douglas Brown
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.