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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EAGERLY

Exclusion was to me starvation, and I eagerly adopted the counsel of my companion.

Griggs regarded Mary eagerly, as she sat with eyes downcast.

Here was an opportunity not to be neglected, and it was eagerly seized upon.

The words flowed easily, eagerly; I had so often gone over the plan.

With clouded brow he eagerly scanned the empty fields, hoping for help.

As eagerly as a boy their owner, Crane, came forward and saluted Allis.

The Mahommedans among them eagerly accepted the proffered food.

"That is the very thing I meant to say," interrupted Belinda, eagerly.

My lady was all surprise at this, and eagerly asked how I came to know it.

"Well, you'll do it in spite of him then," said Monny eagerly.

WORD ORIGIN

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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