• WordNet 3.6
    • adj eager having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy "eager to learn","eager to travel abroad","eager for success","eager helpers","an eager look"
    • n eager a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
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Si, Si, Signore! He Cried Eagerly Si, Si, Signore! He Cried Eagerly

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.
    • Eager Brittle; inflexible; not ductile. "Gold will be sometimes so eager , as artists call it, that it will as little endure the hammer as glass itself."
    • Eager Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement; as, the hounds were eager in the chase. "And gazed for tidings in my eager eyes.""How eagerly ye follow my disgraces!""When to her eager lips is brought
      Her infant's thrilling kiss."
      "A crowd of eager and curious schoolboys.""Conceit and grief an eager combat fight."
    • n Eager Same as Eagre.
    • Eager Sharp; keen; bitter; severe. "A nipping and an eager air.""Eager words."
    • Eager Sharp; sour; acid. "Like eager droppings into milk."
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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.
    • eager Sharp; sour; acid.
    • eager Sharp; keen; biting; severe; bitter. [Obsolete or archaic.]
    • eager Sharply inclined or anxious; sharp-set; excited by ardent desire; impatiently longing; vehement; keen: as, the soldiers were eager to engage the enemy; men are eager in the pursuit of wealth; eager spirits; eager zeal.
    • eager Manifesting sharpness of desire or strength of feeling; marked by great earnestness: as, an eager look or manner; eager words.
    • eager Brittle.
    • eager Synonyms Fervent, fervid, warm, glowing, zealous, forward, enthusiastic, impatient, sanguine, animated.
    • eager To make eager; urge; incite.
    • n eager A sudden and formidable influx and surging of the tide in a high wave or waves, up a river or an estuary; a bore, as in the Severn, the Hooghly, and the Bay of Fundy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Eager ē′gėr excited by desire: ardent to do or obtain:
    • Eager Same as Eagre.
    • adj Eager ē′gėr (obs.) earnest: keen, severe, sour, acid, bitter
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  • George Eliot
    “But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.”
  • 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.”
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. egre, sharp, sour, eager, OF. agre, aigre, F. aigre, fr. L. acer, sharp, sour, spirited, zealous; akin to Gr. highest, extreme, Skr. ara, point; fr. a root signifying to be sharp,. Cf. Acrid Edge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aigre—L. acer, acris, sharp.


In literature:

His gaze returned with a certain steadfast eagerness to the hill and camp beyond.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
He smiled as he saw my eagerness.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
His hunger made him very eager to reach Susan's as soon as possible.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
With intense eagerness we looked towards the spot whence the rocket had ascended.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
How eagerly we watched what was being done.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Senhor Silva and the captain of the schooner were walking up and down the deck conversing eagerly.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Now came the order we had been long eagerly looking for, to embark forthwith for the Crimea.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
The king would allow no one to take the sword from him, but as soon as he reached the deck, eagerly advanced towards Lord Howe.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
There were fur-traders on the way and soon everything would be stirring with eager business.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It had all been as rapid as the irreversible mingling of waters, for even the eager and jealous Bardo had not become impatient.
"Romola" by George Eliot

In poetry:

Youth with hope or passion pale,
Youth with eager eyes,
Taught he that the Holy Grail
Was the only prize.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Hope and haste and eager thrill
Turned to sorrowing wail:
Hid he held it deeper still,
Took with him the Grail.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
And a woman, thin and eager,
Tossed upon a litter low,
Lifting up large eyes of fever,
With a look of angry woe.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
See the prancing steed is foaming,
Eager to enjoy the strife;
As it is in exact keeping
With the habits of his life.
"On The Times" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
The fond impatience of his breast
'Twas all in vain to hide,
But she his eager suit represt
With modest maiden pride.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
His unkempt hair all matted hung
His shaggy shoulders round;
His eager eye all fiery glow'd;
His face with fury frown'd.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British

In news:

An exception is Susan Campbell, whose memoir, Dating Jesus, chronicles her upbringing as an eager fundamentalist in the Missouri Ozarks during the '70s.
PHILLIES NOTES Manuel eager to get a look at Ruf.
Howard eager to get going .
Bolstered by a new five-year contract, Colorado Ballet artistic director Gil Boggs is eager to pursue such big-ticket initiatives as commissioning a story ballet and showcasing the company in New York City.
Youngsters would come up to him, eager to say "hi", eager to talk with him, eager to listen to anything he had to say.
Thursday at midnight is the day "Twilight" fans have both eagerly anticipated and feared.
Two Christian missionaries say they're eager to return to Africa -- when it's safe.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Jenison High School freshmen Keaton Spielmaker eagerly donned his waders and boots, entered the Grand River and released two cups of the Chinook salmon he and his biology classmates raised from eggs.
I don't like waiting for things that I am eagerly anticipating.
They eagerly anticipated the spring's first shipment of annual color and would spend hours planting, watering, weeding and rhapsodizing about the results.
After all that time, Lagwagon made its return to Cleveland to find a crowd that was more than eager for their performance.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – Last winter, Disney's power Michaels, Eisner and Ovitz, were eager to get a big star onto their newly purchased network, ABC.
GÜNTER GRASS wrote a poem restating the widely held assumption that Israel has nuclear weapons and alleging its eagerness to attack Iran is a threat to world peace.
Haith eager to see newcomers in action.
Haith is eager to test drive new roster in Europe.

In science:

The next ARENA conference with new results is eagerly awaited.
Radio Detection of Particles from the Cosmos
Elementary particle physicists are eagerly awaiting the first messages from the LHC which, if we are lucky, will signal not only the discovery of the Higgs but also the existence of a definitive new physics beyond the Standard Model (SM) of elementary interactions of quarks and leptons.
Messages on Flavour Physics Beyond the Standard Model
Norval’s knowledge of physics seems to be outdone only by his eagerness to pass it on.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Results from the final HERA data sets are very eagerly anticipated.
Photon 2009 - Experimental Summary
Nevertheless, precision can still be improved here, and the final publications from H1 and ZEUS as well as data combinations are eagerly anticipated and needed.
Diffraction and Vector Mesons Working Group Summary