• Smart Girl to keen motorist
    Smart Girl to keen motorist
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n keenness thinness of edge or fineness of point
    • n keenness a quick and penetrating intelligence "he argued with great acuteness","I admired the keenness of his mind"
    • n keenness a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
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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
    • n Keenness The quality or state of being keen.
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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.
    • n keenness The state or quality of being keen in any sense of that word; sharpness; acuteness; intensity.
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  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword.”
  • 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.”


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


In literature:

He is answering Keene's salutation.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
He might have trained and guided that keen mind, and cultivated the delicate, innate taste.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
The pain in his side was as keen as a knife thrust.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
For myself, I was very keen to get away.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
I remembered that, because he explained that he had been rather keen about her before he met me.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
But she was a woman; moreover, a woman of intelligence, her perceptive faculties naturally keen.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Would that son of chariot-driver fling on us this insult keen, Hadst thou, noble king and elder, staked nor freedom nor our queen?
"Maha-bharata" by Anonymous
Arthur Pendrean had from the first taken a keen interest in the Tresilian family, and had watched most carefully over Philip.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
His teeth were set and his nerves tingled, and he was conscious of the almost angry joy of keen bodily exertion.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
I'm no Jim Keene, but I hope to get cash enough to handle five thousand.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

Sweet friends of mine, be spoons once more,
And with your tender cooing
Renew the keen delights of yore—
The rapturous bliss of wooing.
"With Two Spoons For Two Spoons" by Eugene Field
While of his narrowing heart each year,
Heaven less and less will fill,
Less keenly, thorough his grosser ear,
The tones of mercy thrill.
"Twenty-Second Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
"O, open the door, some pity to show,
Keen blows the northern wind!
The glen is white with the drifted snow,
And the path is hard to find.
"The Palmer" by Sir Walter Scott
Returning to the eastern skies,
Again to light us, he must rise.
And still the restless wind comes forth,
Now blowing keenly from the North;
"Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas" by Anne Bronte
The pale West dies, and in its cup
Bubble on bubble pours the night:
The East glows with a mystic light;
The stars are keen; the moon is up.
"A November Sketch" by Madison Julius Cawein
This winter air is keen and cold,
And keen and cold this winter sun,
But round my chair the children run
Like little things of dancing gold.
"Le Jardin Des Tuileries" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

Dean Maki , chief US economist at Barclays Capital Inc, talks with Bloomberg's Tom Keene about today's jobs report, the participation rate and the importance of the unemployment rate decline.
According to local reports the company has hired 300 workers to staff the store, which will compete with Shaw's, Hannaford Bros and Price Outlets in the Keene, N.H.
Tom Keene Talks to Guggenheim Securities' Anne Mathias .
New Yorkers may like President Obama and dislike Gov David Paterson, but they're still not keen on the president telling the governor to drop his bid to win election in 2010.
Fed Stimulus More Likely Than ECB, Merk Says: Tom Keene.
NPD Group's Weekly Holiday report finds shoppers keen on brick-and-mortar stores in mid October.
Saban keen judge of high school talent: Alabama's run of recruiting among strongest of modern era .
Police Firing Range In Keene Approved.
Jordan Keen feeling just right.
Lee Bey, long one of the most keen architectural observers in the city, has a great find: a house from Skidmore & Owings's first year (1936), before they became Skidmore Owings & Merrill, for lease in Mettawa.
Every Day Is Someplace in Belgium for an Ambassador Keen to See It All.
I have been a keen sportsman since my school days.
Kathy Esparza, a teacher at Keene Riverview Elementary School in Prosser, organized about 500 students to participate in this year's world record breaking attempt at sport stacking.
Fox keen on 'Chronicle' helmer for superhero reboot.
NC unaffiliated voters not keen on DC politicians.

In science:

So Tooley, keen to have velocity cause and explain (together with forces) the ob ject’s later position, needs his functional definition of velocity to require that the role-occupant be intrinsic to the ob ject: intrinsicality does not come for free.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Novobrantsev for keen interest and encouragement, and G.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
From these three observations, the author believes that a keen reader should be able to derive the rest of the paper! 2.2 Definition of piecewise We will start with a relatively simple case of piecewisedefined function, one which is defined on a unique linearly ordered domain.
A canonical form for some piecewise defined functions
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
There is currently a keen interest in materials and models that could display a spin liquid state.
Absence of spin liquid in non-frustrated correlated systems