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eager1

[ee-ger] /ˈi gər/
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 of eager1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English egre < Anglo-French, Old French egre, aigre < Vulgar Latin *ācrus for Latin ācer sharp
Related forms
eagerly, adverb
eagerness, noun
Synonyms
1. enthusiastic, desirous. See avid. 2. fervent, zealous, fervid, intent, intense, earnest.
Antonyms
1, 2. indifferent, uninterested. 2. heedless.
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  • The girls turned and came forward, one eagerly, the other rather unwillingly.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • Exclusion was to me starvation, and I eagerly adopted the counsel of my companion.

  • It was to the other side that Miranda eagerly called attention.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • Here was an opportunity not to be neglected, and it was eagerly seized upon.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • "You mustn't, Fabian," said Henri, eagerly clutching Fabian's sleeve.

British Dictionary definitions for eagerly

eager1

/ˈiːɡə/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
eagerly, adverb
eagerness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French egre, from Latin acer sharp, keen

eager2

/ˈeɪɡə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of eagre
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Word Origin and History for eagerly

eager

adj.

late 13c., "strenuous, ardent, fierce, angry," from Old French aigre "sour, acid; harsh, bitter, rough; eager greedy; lively, active, forceful," from Latin acrem (nominative acer) "keen, sharp, pointed, piercing; acute, ardent, zealous" (see acrid).

Meaning "full of keen desire" (early 14c.) seems to be peculiar to English. The English 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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