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keen1

[keen] /kin/
adjective, keener, keenest.
1.
finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily:
a keen razor.
2.
sharp, piercing, or biting:
a keen wind; keen satire.
3.
characterized by strength and distinctness of perception; extremely sensitive or responsive:
keen eyes; keen ears.
4.
having or showing great mental penetration or acumen:
keen reasoning; a keen mind.
5.
animated by or showing strong feeling or desire:
keen competition.
6.
intense, as feeling or desire:
keen ambition; keen jealousy.
7.
eager; interested; enthusiastic (often followed by about, on, etc., or an infinitive):
She is really keen on going swimming.
8.
Slang. great; wonderful; marvelous.
Origin
900
before 900; 1930-35 for def 8; Middle English kene, Old English cēne; cognate with German kühn, Old High German chuoni bold, Old Norse kœnn wise, skillful
Related forms
keenly, adverb
keenness, noun
Synonyms
1, 4. See sharp. 2. cutting, bitter, caustic. 3. piercing, penetrating, acute. 4. discerning, acute, astute, sagacious, shrewd, clever. 5. See avid. 7. earnest, fervid.
Antonyms
1, 3, 4. dull.
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Examples for keenly
  • Each powerful sprinter, poised to explode when the gun went off, was keenly aware of what hung in the balance.
  • As social primates, humans are keenly interested in determining the direction of gaze of other humans.
  • Moreover, with their heightened self-awareness, gifted children keenly feel a personal loss caused by any developmental disorders.
  • Best wait and see if they stop closing before pointing too keenly at them.
  • But researchers are keenly anticipating more studies on the coal ash theory.
  • He was keenly aware that he had become the public face of science, a role he treated with seriously playful irreverence.
  • Sophisticated people are keenly aware of their own limitations.
  • Both countries strive to maintain that distinction and are keenly aware of the status of the other.
  • But the students did seem keenly aware of how financial pressures were affecting their campuses and their own futures.
  • The dead speak in various ways, but the dead poets-especially the great ones-speak more loudly, and other poets listen keenly.
British Dictionary definitions for keenly

keen1

/kiːn/
adjective
1.
eager or enthusiastic
2.
(postpositive) foll by on. fond (of); devoted (to) keen on a girl, keen on golf
3.
intellectually acute a keen wit
4.
(of sight, smell, hearing, etc) capable of recognizing fine distinctions
5.
having a sharp cutting edge or point
6.
extremely cold and penetrating a keen wind
7.
intense or strong a keen desire
8.
(mainly Brit) extremely low so as to be competitive keen prices
9.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) very good
Derived Forms
keenly, adverb
keenness, noun
Word Origin
Old English cēne; related to Old High German kuoni brave, Old Norse koenn wise; see can1, know

keen2

/kiːn/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to lament the dead
noun
2.
a dirge or lament for the dead
Derived Forms
keener, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Irish Gaelic caoine, from Old Irish coīnim I wail
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Word Origin and History for keenly
keen
O.E. cene "bold brave," later "clever, wise," from P.Gmc. *kan- "be able to" (see can). Original prehistoric senses seem to have been both "brave" and "skilled;" cf. O.N. kænn "skillful, wise," M.Du. coene "bold," O.H.G. kuon "pugnacious, strong," Ger. Kühn "bold, daring." Sense of "eager" is from mid-14c. The meaning "sharp" is peculiar to Eng.: 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.
keen
"lament," 1811, from Ir. caoinim "I weep, wail, lament," from O.Ir. coinim.
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Slang definitions & phrases for keenly

keen

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; neat: I think she's a keen kid/ ''Keen?'' Blanche said. ''I haven't heard that word in 20 years'' (1900+ Teenagers & students)

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