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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
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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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 more eager

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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