1 [ee-ger]
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.

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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eager1 (ˈiːɡə)
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]

eager2 (ˈeɪɡə)
a variant spelling of eagre

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Word Origin & History

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
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.
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