eager

1 [ee-ger]
adjective
1.
keen or ardent in desire or feeling; impatiently longing: I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing.
2.
characterized by or revealing great earnestness: an eager look.
3.
Obsolete. keen; sharp; biting.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English egre < Anglo-French, Old French egre, aigre < Vulgar Latin *ācrus for Latin ācer sharp

eagerly, adverb
eagerness, noun


1. enthusiastic, desirous. See avid. 2. fervent, zealous, fervid, intent, intense, earnest.


1, 2. indifferent, uninterested. 2. heedless.
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eager

2 [ee-ger, ey-ger]
noun Chiefly British.
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eager1 (ˈiːɡə)
 
adj
1.  (postpositive; often foll by to or for) impatiently desirous (of); anxious or avid (for): he was eager to see her departure
2.  characterized by or feeling expectancy or great desire: an eager look
3.  archaic tart or biting; sharp
 
[C13: from Old French egre, from Latin acer sharp, keen]
 
'eagerly1
 
adv
 
'eagerness1
 
n

eager2 (ˈeɪɡə)
 
n
a variant spelling of eagre

eagre or eager (ˈeɪɡə)
 
n
a tidal bore, esp of the Humber or Severn estuary
 
[C17: perhaps from Old English ēagor flood; compare Old English ēa river, water]
 
eager or eager
 
n
 
[C17: perhaps from Old English ēagor flood; compare Old English ēa river, water]

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eager
c.1300, from O.Fr. aigre, from V.L. *acrus, from L. acer (gen. acris) "keen, sharp" (see acrid). The Eng. word kept an alternative meaning of "pungent, sharp-edged" till 19c. (e.g. Shakespeare's "The bitter clamour of two eager tongues," in "Richard II"). Related: Eagerly; eagerness.
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Example sentences
Later that night they learned why the chief had been so eager for them to
  remain.
Small publishers are eager to try new things.
Im bored with raven, tough on valor, but am eager to battle the flock.
Andy is young, still learning about being a lawman and eager to prove himself.
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