He is single, claiming not to be good at relationships, and keener to focus on work.
But Tóibín was keener on blogging which he compared to the thriving pamphlet industry during the 18th Century.
Back then—as now—Sharron Angle was a crusader, keener said, and her greatest joy came from her faith.
When I interviewed him in 1998, he was keener to talk about Iranian nukes than checkpoints in the West Bank.
Angle was a pious woman, keener said, not one for earthly indulgences.
He closed his eyes, rubbed them, and took another and a keener survey.
The keener the competition, the greater the honor of success.
Other and keener and more knowledgeable minds than mine or yours will some day bring him back to us again.
But he was man enough to look at her with a keener interest than he had felt before.
Other things being equal (though they almost never are), woman has keener insight into the spirit and motives than has man.
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.