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eager

1 [ee-ger]
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; 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)
 
adj
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]
 
'eagerly1
 
adv
 
'eagerness1
 
n

eager2 (ˈeɪɡə)
 
n
a variant spelling of eagre

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eager
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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