• WordNet 3.6
    • adv eagerly with eagerness; in an eager manner "the news was eagerly awaited"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Sweden, when leaving someone's home, wait until you get to the doorway to step outside before putting on your coat. To do so earlier suggests you are eager to leave.
    • adv Eagerly In an eager manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A "quidnunc" is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip, otherwise, a busybody.
    • eagerly With sharpness or keenness; bitterly; keenly.
    • eagerly In an eager manner; with ardor or vehemence; with keen desire, as for the attainment of something sought or pursued; with avidity or zeal.
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  • Omar Khayyam
    “Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.”
  • Don Marquis
    “A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.”
  • Frank A. Clark
    “The reason there's so much ignorance is that those who have it are so eager to share it.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether the things are so.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “We eagerly get hold of a law that serves as a weapon to our passions.”


Eager beaver - A person who is extremely keen is an eager beaver.


In literature:

Paul Pringle and his shipmates were as eager as ever for the battle.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
With no slight eagerness, the greater number of the colonists stood on the shore, watching the success of the undertaking.
"The Settlers" by William H. G. Kingston
Our plans for the future were then discussed, as our father was eager to get off as soon as possible.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
They now hurried on, eager to obtain water not only for themselves, but that they might rescue their shipmate from death.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
All were eager to know who had been lost, and the muster-roll was called.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
Many of those who had before refused his ministrations now listened to him eagerly.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The men were eagerly looking through the ports.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then came the clatter of noisy and eager feet on the stairs.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
Every one seemed to be making money easily and spending it eagerly.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Darry watched everything that was done with eager eyes.
"Darry the Life Saver" by Frank V. Webster

In poetry:

And when the others saw him,
They leaped at him eagerly;--
"This is he for whom we suffer!
--'Tis he! 'Tis he! 'Tis he!"
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham
``Past glowing heather, silvery sedge,
You hurry on, and on,
Rush at the rock, then leap the ledge,
All eager to be gone.
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
Hurrying out to the gateway
Go two little pattering feet;
Eagerly out through the palings
Peer two eyes bright and sweet.
"Opening The Gate For Papa" by Madge Morris Wagner
Now o'er the beach with eager haste
She sees her Henry fly:
No more she feels her terrors past;
'Twas bliss 'twas ecstasy!
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
He's whittling by St. Mary's Falls,
Upon his loaded wain;
He's measuring o'er the Pictured Rocks,
With eager eyes of gain.
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
This eagerness that burns us yet
Will rot like summer snow,
And we'll forget as winds forget
When they have ceased to blow.
"Days Pass: Men Pass" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

Eager voices filled the air.
Whether you're an eager newbie or a serial marathoner, there are loads of reasons to register for a 5-K.
For many local dance studios, fall means lots of little ones eager to take their first forays into the art of dance—usually ballet, tap or jazz.
To say they are eager hardly does them justice.
I CANNOT remember a time when I have not been eager to look at new design, especially at the annual furniture fair every April in Milan.
They may look young and eager, and may be known for their dynamic live shows, and lead singer Trevor Terndrup may have the vocal stamina and timbre of great jam rockers who have come before him.
I am applying for a position in your incoming class of 2009, eager to add to your fine university's long history of academic excellence.
US Rep Jeff Landry appears so eager to challenge Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany this fall he might have broken federal law to build name recognition in Lafayette.
The CACHE staffer is eager to help people learn the art of seeking – and landing – a job.
The students from Union's Peters Elementary School were eager to try the whole-wheat pancakes and watermelon salsa.
Clint Dempsey started Monday with some fitness testing, then spoke eagerly of training for a few more hours in South Florida's sweltering heat and humidity.
How eager were people to be interviewed and participate in the film.
Only 23% are eager to use the marketing technology, a survey says.
As Yvonne recalled her first steps as a Muslim, she mentioned her early experiences wearing the hijab head covering, and her eagerness to answer questions about Islam.
They're young, hip, eager to learn and tech savvy.

In science:

Results shown at this conference [ 93] confirm the theoretical predictions of a transition between 4 and 7 GeV/c, and theorists are eagerly waiting for more analyzed data.
Quark Matter 2005 -- Theoretical Summary
The detection of the first transiting Neptune-mass planet is eagerly awaited. (4) Soon after the conference ended, the announcement of the discovery of the transiting planet HD 189733 b (Bouchy et al. 2005) left many observers scrambling to gather data both from the ground and space.
Hot Jupiters: Lands of Plenty
It is highly gratifying that over 670 enthusiastic participants are assembled in Snowmass, eager to contribute to the exciting endeavor that the ILC represents.
Overview and Charge -- Snowmass Workshop 2005
Given its broad potential for further improving our current knowledge, the construction and operation of this experiment is eagerly awaited.
NuFact05 Working Group 2 Summary: Experimental Results in Neutrino Scattering Physics
Such calculations are in preparation by several groups, see e.g. [65, 93, 64], and the results are eagerly awaited by experimentalists.
Experimental Tests of Asymptotic Freedom