Definition of eager in English:



  • 1Strongly wanting to do or have something.

    ‘the man was eager to please’
    ‘young intellectuals eager for knowledge’
    • ‘You let the phone ring twice before answering, lest you appear overly eager.’
    • ‘People in urgent need of money and eager to make quick profits are lured into them.’
    • ‘Tim sounded eager, and he bounced from his heels to his toes.’
    • ‘The Leigh Centurions captain put eager children through their paces at rugby.’
    • ‘Pike doesn't know if she'll have a role, but she is eager for them to work together again.’
    • ‘From this point she is only too eager to turn her talent and visibility into a full time career.’
    • ‘I know that young people are eager to find their ways in a more and more open world.’
    • ‘What is it that makes her so eager to please?’
    • ‘All were extremely enthusiastic, and eager for everyone on the course to do well.’
    • ‘He reminded John of an eager child, desperate to please, to prove what he had learned.’
    • ‘Obviously they were unable to cope with constant handling by eager visitors.’
    • ‘As Dr. Kramer sees it, a therapist should not be too eager to please.’
    • ‘I can understand that Blackburn are eager for a reply but I cannot give them my decision yet.’
    • ‘I was fascinated to watch her plying her trade to the many young girls eager for her wares.’
    • ‘He was approached half a dozen times by reporters, all eager for an interview.’
    • ‘A questing man eager for new experiences, his first play has just opened in Sao Paulo.’
    • ‘Time and again, Hendrie warned his side of the danger of being outfought by more eager opponents.’
    • ‘The others were eager for his works, which sold better than those of Rembrandt in his prime.’
    • ‘People were so eager to vote that we had to bring in extra ballot boxes and thousands of ballot papers to meet the demand.’
    • ‘But Phil and his team will bring the plants back to sell to eager Swindon gardeners.’
    anxious, impatient, waiting with bated breath, longing, yearning, aching, wishing, hoping, hopeful, thirsty, hungry, greedy
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's expression or tone of voice) keenly expectant or interested.
      ‘small eager faces looked up and listened’
      • ‘Kit nodded and leapt to her feet, an eager expression appearing on her face as she did so.’
      • ‘Bridge leaned over and glanced at the maps with an eager expression on her face.’
      • ‘Ryne flinched at the overly eager, overly loud voice that greeted his arrival back home.’
      keen, enthusiastic, avid, fervent, fervid, ardent, zealous, passionate, motivated, wholehearted, dedicated, committed, earnest, diligent
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Middle English (also in the sense ‘pungent, sour’): from Old French aigre ‘keen’, from Latin acer, acr- ‘sharp, pungent’.