Definition of eager in US English:

eager

adjective

  • 1(of a person) wanting to do or have something very much.

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

See anxious

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense ‘pungent, sour’): from Old French aigre ‘keen’, from Latin acer, acr- ‘sharp, pungent’.

Pronunciation

eager

/ˈēɡər//ˈiɡər/