One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘small eager faces looked up and listened’
keen, enthusiastic, avid, fervent, fervid, ardent, zealous, passionate, motivated, wholehearted, dedicated, committed, earnest, diligent
informal bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, mad keen, keen as mustard, as keen as mustard
literary perfervid, passional
2‘her friends were eager for news’
anxious, impatient, waiting with bated breath, longing, yearning, aching, wishing, hoping, hopeful, thirsty, hungry, greedy
desirous of, hankering after, intent on, bent on, set on
on the edge of one's seat, on pins and needles, on tenterhooks
informal hot, itching, gagging, dying
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