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keen

[ keen ]SEE DEFINITION OF keen
  • adj.enthusiastic
  • adj.sharp, piercing
  • adj.intelligent

Synonyms for keen

  • anxious
  • ardent
  • avid
  • eager
  • fervent
  • fierce
  • impatient
  • intense
  • alert
  • animate
  • animated
  • devoted
  • earnest
  • intent
  • interested
  • spirited
  • warm
  • agog
  • appetent
  • athirst
  • breathless
  • dying to
  • ebullient
  • fervid
  • fond of
  • gung ho
  • impassioned
  • lively
  • perfervid
  • sprightly
  • thirsty
  • vehement
  • vivacious
  • zealous
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Antonyms for keen

  • apathetic
  • calm
  • cool
  • dispassionate
  • indifferent
  • peaceful
  • unconcerned
  • unenthusiastic
  • lethargic
  • blunt
  • dull
  • idiotic
  • ignorant
  • obtuse
  • pointless
  • reluctant
  • stupid
  • uninterested
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KEEN

Nor, my dear, does your own mother always escape the keen edge of your vivacity.

So keen the blade, so soft the touch, the sleeper did not wake!

His keen eyes had perceived Mary Turner's graces of form, her loveliness of face.

She had meant to wait; but, with his keen eyes on her, she could not dissemble.

But you would pardon me if you knew how much I have suffered from it, and how keen my remorse has been.

This proposition is one of keen interest in connection with aviation.

That was hardly possible, for Jane had a keen sense of humor.

The girl had been listening with keen interest, glancing from one to the other.

It fell as lightning falls, swift, keen, dazzling the eyes of all who watched.

It will blunt the keen edge of sorrow, and smooth the asperities of adversity.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old English cene "bold brave," later "clever, wise," from Proto-Germanic *kan- "be able to" (see can). Original prehistoric senses seem to have been both "brave" and "skilled;" cognate with Old Norse kænn "skillful, wise," Middle Dutch coene "bold," Dutch koen, Old High German kuon "pugnacious, strong," German kühn "bold, daring." Sense of "eager" is from mid-14c. The meaning "sharp" is peculiar to English: of blades and edges early 13c., of sounds c.1400, of eyesight c.1720. A popular word of approval in teenager and student slang from c.1900.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR KEEN

able

adjectiveable to perform well; having a proven capacity
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