• Smart Girl to keen motorist
    Smart Girl to keen motorist
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv keenly in a keen and discriminating manner "he was keenly aware of his own shortcomings"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: African heart-nosed bats can have such a keen sense of sound that they can hear the footsteps of a beetle walking on sand from six feet away
    • adv Keenly In a keen manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The ichneumon fly has a sense of smell so keen that it can locate a caterpillar deep inside a tree trunk.
    • keenly In a keen manner; eagerly; sharply; with keenness or intensity; acutely.
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  • Napoleon Hill
    “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”
  • Edgar F. Roberts
    Edgar F. Roberts
    “Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “To the man-in-the-street, who, I'm sorry to say, is a keen observer of life. The word Intellectual suggests straight away. A man who's untrue to his wife.”
  • Jessie B. Fremont
    Jessie B. Fremont
    “Unexplained joy is always so keen that... it seems to hold enough to reconcile one to the inevitable.”


Keen as mustard - (UK) If someone is very enthusiastic, they are as keen as mustard.


In literature:

It aided me in recalling the scenes and the characters I had so keenly admired.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The doctor softly patted the splintered arm and looked at him keenly.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Desmond glanced at him keenly.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
We were awake before dawn, and peering through the leaves with feelings of keen solicitude.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
She had keen, black eyes and nervous, flighty ways.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
The shelter of woods against the keen north wind made the resting-place possible.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He felt keenly leaving Europe, and all the associations of the land of his birth.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
Send that to Charlie Keene!
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
This, I think, was the moment in which I realized most keenly the fictitious importance which my position imparted to me.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Miss Norton eyed her keenly.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

We may not wait . . . yet look below!
How part? On this keen ridge
But one may pass. They call you—go!
My life shall be your bridg.
"A Meeting" by Edith Wharton
Our strength the clustered seasons tax,--
For him new life they mean;
Like rods around the lictor's axe
They keep him bright and keen.
"To James Freeman Clarke" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
THOUGH the great song return no more
There's keen delight in what we have:
The rattle of pebbles on the shore
Under the receding wave.
"The Nineteenth Century And After" by William Butler Yeats
The Nation's heart beat wildly,
And keenly felt the coming strife;
The Country's call was sounding
Brave men must offer life for life.
"Crispus Attucks" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
For, is it Hope, that thrills so keen
Along each bounding vein,
Still whispering glorious things unseen? -
Faith makes the vision plain.
"Second Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble
I heard it through the eager day
In whispers, but when all the night
Fell, and the stars were on their way,
It broke into a keen delight.
"A Day Dream On The Rail" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

President Obama may not exactly be keen on nuclear power, but that can't keep the folks at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission down.
The new nudists are keen to take the nudist lifestyle beyond the old fashioned naturist clubs.
One hundred and going strong in Keene Valley.
Like many of the company's other accessories, the travel humidor combines a keen fashion sense, quality craftsmanship and innovation.
Outdoor 76 carries name brands such as Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Patagonia, Scarpa, Vasque, Keen, Western Mountaineering, Salomon, MSR and more.
Adami is just as keen to show he does not have any chip on his shoulder.
New ACE train could pass through downtown Pleasanton not keen on trains switching tracks.
Feel peachy keen this summer.
Foodie news Feel peachy keen this summer.
Kucinich's Battle Against Cheney Not So (Im) Peachy Keen.
Festival makes peachy -keen return.
About once a week, singer- songwriter Robert Earl Keen drives from the Kerrville home he shares with his wife, Kathleen, and their two daughters to their five-hundred-acre ranch twenty miles up the road.
Scandal in Keene mayor's race is small potatoes .
Lauren Molina and Jason Tam co-star in the Keen Company's new production of the two-person Stephen Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little, featuring new songs and a modern-day twist, which officially opened Off-Broadway Oct 2.
West-side Manitobans are not keen on the prospect of 47-metre Bipole 3 in their backyards.

In science:

The fact that I (2) = 2 − √2 > 0 for Θ = π clearly suggests that Nature is keen to permit biased local random outcomes for any value of the phase parameter Θ.
Why aren't quantum correlations maximally nonlocal? Biased local randomness as essential feature of quantum mechanics
The third version of Mach’s principle brings forward a keen and suggestive idea: “inertial mass is affected by the global distribution of matter” .
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
Ramasami, present Secretary of the DST and exDirector General of the CSIR, expressed (in a letter to one of us) keen interest in initiating the S.S.
Fifteen Years of Econophysics Research
And, as machines inherit our intuition through the codes and algorithms we write, we have given them a keen sense of ob jects. A modern and powerful example is the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS; York et al. 2000).
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
Motivated by the string landscape, inflation models with multi-scalar fields and/or with tunneling are now keenly studied.
Non-Gaussian bubbles in the sky