eager


eager
eager, avid, keen, anxious, agog, athirst mean actuated by a strong and urgent desire or interest.
Eager implies ardor and, often, enthusiasm; it frequently also connotes impatience
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it is not a life for fiery and dominant natures, eager to conquer— Benson

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Avid adds to eager the implication of greed or of unbounded desire
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a too avid thirst for pleasure— JE

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cultivated, excitable, avid of new things— Buchan

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he was convivial, bawdy, robustly avid for pleasure— F. S. Fitzgerald

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Keen suggests intensity of interest and quick responsiveness in action
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boys in white flannels—all keen as mustard, and each occupied with his own game, and playing it to the best of his powers— Quiller-Couch

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Tories who are as keen on State interference with everything and everybody as the Socialists— Shaw

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Anxious emphasizes fear lest one's desires be frustrated or one's hopes not realized; it often additionally connotes insistence or perseverance in making one's de-sires known
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visibly anxious that his wife should be on easy terms with us aWRepplier

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school masters may be pathetically anxious to guide boys right, and to guard them from evil— Benson

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Agog suggests being caught up in the excitement and bustle attending something interesting about to be begun or an event eagerly awaited
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six precious souls, and all agog to dash through thick and thin— Cowper

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the abrupt announcement . . . left everybody . . . agog— C erf

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Athirst implies yearning or longing more vividly than the others; it seldom connotes readiness for action
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I that forever feel athirst for glory— Keats

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one or two great souls athirst for pure aesthetic rapture— Clive Bell

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Analogous words: desiring, coveting, craving (see DESIRE vb): longing, yearning, hungering, thirsting (see LONG vb): *impatient, restless, restive
Antonyms: listless
Contrasted words: *indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, aloof, uninterested: apathetic, *impassive, stolid

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  • Eager — Ea ger, a. [OE. egre sharp, sour, eager, OF. agre, aigre, F. aigre, fr. L. acer sharp, sour, spirited, zealous; akin to Gr. ? highest, extreme, Skr. a?ra point; fr. a root signifying to be sharp. Cf. {Acrid}, {Edge}.] 1. Sharp; sour; acid. [Obs.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • eager — (adj.) late 13c., strenuous, ardent, fierce, angry, from O.Fr. aigre sour, acid; harsh, bitter, rough; eager greedy; lively, active, forceful, from L. acrem (nom. acer) keen, sharp, pointed, piercing; acute, ardent, zealous (see ACRID (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • eager — eager1 [ē′gər] adj. [ME egre < OFr aigre < L acer, sharp, acute, ardent, eager: see ACID] 1. feeling or showing keen desire; impatient or anxious to do or get; ardent 2. Archaic sharp; keen eagerly adv. eagerness n. SYN. EAGER1 implies… …   English World dictionary

  • Eager — Ea ger, n. Same as {Eagre}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eager — I adjective agressive, alacritous, ambitious, anxious, appetent, ardent, aspiring, assiduous, athirst, avid, avidus, bent upon, covetous, craving, desirous, diligent, disposed, earnest, enthusiastic, excited, fanatic, fanatical, fervent, fervidus …   Law dictionary

  • eager — [adj] anxious, enthusiastic acquisitive, agog, ambitious, antsy, appetent, ardent, athirst, avid, breathless, champing at the bit*, covetous, craving, desiring, desirous, dying to, earnest, fervent, fervid, greedy, gung ho*, hankering, heated,… …   New thesaurus

  • eager — ► ADJECTIVE 1) strongly wanting to do or have. 2) keenly expectant or interested. DERIVATIVES eagerly adverb eagerness noun. ORIGIN originally also in the sense «pungent, sour»: from Old French aigre keen , from Latin acer sharp, pungent …   English terms dictionary

  • eager — 01. I m quite [eager] to start my new job. 02. The kids [eagerly] packed their bags for their trip to Disneyland. 03. The children were really [eager] to see their grandmother after she came home from the hospital. 04. My teenage son s… …   Grammatical examples in English


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