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[ee-ger] /ˈi gər/
keen or ardent in desire or feeling; impatiently longing:
I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing.
characterized by or revealing great earnestness:
an eager look.
Obsolete. keen; sharp; biting.
Origin of eager1
1250-1300; Middle English egre < Anglo-French, Old French egre, aigre < Vulgar Latin *ācrus for Latin ācer sharp
Related forms
eagerly, adverb
eagerness, noun
1. enthusiastic, desirous. See avid. 2. fervent, zealous, fervid, intent, intense, earnest.
1, 2. indifferent, uninterested. 2. heedless. Unabridged
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  • If you look upon a challenge with enthusiasm and eagerness, it will be more fun.
  • Early childhood educators can build on children's questions, eagerness, and enthusiasm to help them learn science.
  • Who would tell us, with unabashed eagerness, to taste the fruit of the trees.
  • The anticipation of pleasure apparently affected a player's eagerness to punish.
  • She faces him, eagerness dripping off the hairs of all eight legs, waves her palps gingerly in the air.
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  • As for me, the biggest off-putter was the easiness and eagerness of the protagonist to change side.
  • But he existed, and the eagerness with which he dispatched good people to their deaths means that he should be dishonored forever.
  • In other words, the gym asks you to put a price on your eagerness to not be lazy in the future.
British Dictionary definitions for eagerness


(postpositive; often foll by to or for) impatiently desirous (of); anxious or avid (for): he was eager to see her departure
characterized by or feeling expectancy or great desire: an eager look
(archaic) tart or biting; sharp
Derived Forms
eagerly, adverb
eagerness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French egre, from Latin acer sharp, keen


a variant spelling of eagre
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Word Origin and History for eagerness



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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