• WordNet 3.6
    • n eagerness prompt willingness "readiness to continue discussions","they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel","they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority","he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"
    • n eagerness a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
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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.
    • Eagerness Tartness; sourness.
    • Eagerness The state or quality of being eager; ardent desire. "The eagerness of love."
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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.
    • n eagerness Tartness; sourness; sharpness.
    • n eagerness Keen or vehement desire in the pursuit or for the attainment of something, or a manifestation of such desire; ardent tendency; zeal; fervor: as, to pursue happiness or wealth with eagerness; eagerness of manner or speech.
    • n eagerness Synonyms Earnestness, Avidity, Eagerness, Zeal, Enthusiasm, ardor, vehemence, impetuosity, heartiness, longing, impatience. The first five words may all denote strong and worthy movements of feeling and purpose toward a desired object. In this field eagerness has either a physical or a moral application; with avidity the physical application is primary; earnestness, zeal, and enthusiasm have only the moral sense. Avidity represents a desire for food, primarily physical, figuratively mental: as, to read a new novel with avidity; it rarely goes beyond that degree of extension. Eagerness emphasizes an intense desire, generally for specific things, although it may stand also as a trait of character; it tends to produce corresponding keenness in the pursuit of its object. Earnestness denotes a more sober feeling, proceeding from reason, conviction of duty, or the less violent emotions, but likely to prove stronger and more permanent than any of the others. The word has at times a special reference to effort; it implies solidity, sincerity, energy, and conviction of the laudableness of the object sought; it is contrasted with eagerness in that it affects the whole character. Zeal is by derivation a bubbling up with heat; it is naturally, therefore, an active quality, passionate and yet generally sustained, an abiding ardor or fervent devotion in any unselfish cause. Enthusiasm is so far redeemed from its early suggestion of extravagance that it denotes presumably a trait of character more general than eagerness or zeal, more lively than earnestness, a lofty quickness of feeling and purpose in the pursuit of laudable things under the guidance of reason and conscience; thus it differs from zeal, which still generally implies a poorly balanced judgment.
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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.


In literature:

Meantime Jack and Alick Murray were talking eagerly together.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
At all events, Bill thought that he would not awake him, eager as he was to know how he had been saved.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Thus summoned, the whole party came to the assistance of the two heroes, Tim in his eagerness toppling over on his nose in the shallow water.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
Eager to reach Uncle Denis's farm, my father drove on as fast as the horses could trot over the rough track.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
When daylight returned, we eagerly looked out for the expected vessel, but she didn't appear, and all that day we had to wait in vain.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
With eager haste, for I remembered that every moment was precious, I threw off the snow.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
We seized it eagerly, and making the line fast, we were hauled alongside the wharf.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
The remark produced a momentary effect on Ned, but he soon forgot it, and was as eager as before to become a sailor.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
Eager as I was to reach the Havannah, I jumped at his offer.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
I had to restrain my eagerness, and walked slower till we reached our house.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston

In poetry:

For the distant, happy islands
Now the vessel sallies forth,
And the southern fruits, all-golden,
Pours upon the eager north.
"Punch Song (To be sung in the Northern Countries)" by Friedrich von Schiller
Her hands unclasped, down to her feet
My flowers unnoticed shook;
I leaned and followed with my gaze
Her glad and eager look.
"The Knight Of Normandy" by Marietta Holley
Loudly the youth in terror shriek'd,
And loud he call'd for aid,
And with a wild and eager look
Gaz'd on the death-pale Maid.
"Donica - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
Yearning in the moon-lift
Surge the seas;
Southering, the sun-lured
Gray goose flees:
Eager with the same urge,
You and these!
"Lullaby" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
"For I hear, not the swell of triumph,
Nor the eager shouts of my kind;
I only hear the murmur
Of those who have fallen behind.
"The House Of The Singing Birds" by Alexander Anderson
Now to elude the eager pack,
Bear shuns the open ground;
Through matted vines, he shapes his track
And runs it, round and round.
"The Bear Hunt" by Abraham Lincoln

In news:

I bought an e-reader for travel and was eager to begin "Under the Dome," the new Stephen King novel.
Eager for some moisturizer, I went straight to the bathroom, where I discovered that - egad.
As resistant as campaign consultants are to GOTV experiments because the results won't be known until the show is over, you would think they would be very eager to do organizational type experiments .
And because I'm a writer ( The Great Gatsby is a book I'd eagerly re-read, and I don't do that often.
After a Knoxville summer devoid of concerts and operatic performances, music lovers always seem to be anxious for the fall season with the giddy eagerness and optimism of a third-grader armed with fresh school supplies.
Eager Twihards camped out for days to catch a glimpse of the sparkling stars at their Hollywood premiere this past Monday.
Mosley said he will be eager to see the effort the Tide plays with after last week's lopsided victory over Arkansas.
Feast Day Draws Native American Catholics Eager for Own Saint.
Although he's hosted such luminaries as Michael Graves and Zaha Hadid, William Sawaya is always eager to stretch his own aesthetic muscles.
Now back to kicking three times a week, Ferrara is eager to fully push his struggles into the past.
They are avid, eager experimentalists in process and materials.
Proponents are eagerly pursuing a project to keep Texas at the center of the space exploration efforts, but say.
Pate and her husband first settled in town, not eager to homestead .
If being eager could catch fish, the 16 kids who participated in Richmond Rec's Huck Finn Day on Saturday all should have caught whales.
Residents eager to speak on Kiva Recovery.

In science:

The coming decade of the 2000’s will bring the eagerly expected data that will answer many of the open questions of the post GZK flux.
Summary: ZeV Air Showers. Where do we Stand?
In fact, as we have seen here, these have turned out to be pretty good scientific justifications for the two missions that have been launched and the one whose successor we eagerly await. X-ray astronomy has become a far richer field than anticipated by these proposals.
New Problems for a New Century
Given the large differences between measurement and calculation for beauty and charmonium production at the Tevatron, measurements of charm production cross sections in pp are eagerly awaited.
Multi-hadron Final States
Detailed theoretical calculations are now eagerly awaited.
Summary of Results on Hard Probes
Since this value is inconsistent with the value of sin2 θW from Ab F B at the 3σ level, new data from a future linear collider are eagerly awaited.
Global Electroweak Fits and Gauge Coupling Unification