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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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  • None was more eager to do honour to the new-comer than the son of their host.

  • The more they wagered, the more eager I became to try it, if they would not hurry me.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Long before he had finished both men relaxed from their more eager attention.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • But Darius was more eager than ever in favor of instantaneous action.

    Darius the Great Jacob Abbott
  • The dove that escaped from the Ark was not more eager to set its claws upon a branch, than we to plant our feet upon terra firma.

    The Guerilla Chief Mayne Reid
  • The more I think about your story the more eager to listen I become.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • But that only made everybody the more eager to lose no hour of an enjoyment that might prove so fleeting.

  • Ignorant of the cause, Hamersley is all the more eager to learn it.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for more eager


(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 more eager



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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