Synonyms of keen in English

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keen1


See definition of keen

adjective

1‘his publishers were keen to capitalize on his success’

SYNONYMS

eager, anxious, impatient, determined, desirous, longing, wishing, itching, dying, yearning, ambitious, ready

intent on

informal raring

ANTONYMS

reluctant

2‘I had been a keen birdwatcher since I was a boy’

SYNONYMS

enthusiastic, avid, eager, ardent, passionate, fervent, fervid, impassioned, wholehearted, zestful, zealous, driven

willing, conscientious, committed, dedicated

diligent, earnest, industrious, assiduous, intent

ANTONYMS

apathetic, half-hearted

3‘her sisters are keen on horses’

SYNONYMS

enthusiastic about, interested in, passionate about, fascinated by

attracted to, fond of, taken with, smitten with, enamoured of, attached to, devoted to, infatuated with

eager for, hungry for

informal struck on, sweet on, gone on, mad about, crazy about, nuts about, into

North American informal twitterpated by

ANTONYMS

unenthusiastic, indifferent

4‘a keen cutting edge’

SYNONYMS

sharp, sharp-edged, sharpened, honed, razor-like, razor-sharp, whetted, fine-edged

ANTONYMS

blunt

5‘nimble fingers and keen eyesight are required for the work’

SYNONYMS

acute, sharp, penetrating, discerning, sensitive, perceptive, piercing, clear, observant

powerful

ANTONYMS

weak, defective

6‘an able administrator with a keen mind’

SYNONYMS

acute, penetrating, astute, incisive, sharp, perceptive, piercing, rapier-like, razor-like, razor-sharp, perspicacious, shrewd, subtle, finely honed, quick-witted, sharp-witted, discerning, clever, intelligent, brilliant, bright, smart, wise, canny, percipient, insightful, sagacious, sapient

informal brainy, genius

ANTONYMS

dull, stupid

7‘the magazines are spoken of with keen derision’

SYNONYMS

cutting, scathing, mordant, caustic, withering, acerbic, stinging, searing, acid, biting, tart, astringent, pointed, trenchant, pungent, incisive, virulent, devastating

sardonic, sarcastic, satirical

rare mordacious

ANTONYMS

gentle, mild

8‘a keen wind cut through their coats’

SYNONYMS

cold, icy, freezing, harsh, raw, bitter

penetrating, piercing, biting, sharp, stinging

9‘there is keen competition for places on these committees’

SYNONYMS

intense, acute, extreme, fierce, violent, passionate, consuming, burning, fervent, fervid, ardent

strong, powerful, profound, deep-seated


Synonyms of keen in English

: keen1keen2

keen2


See definition of keen

verb

1‘the bereaved gathered around the graves to keen’

SYNONYMS

lament, mourn, weep, cry, sob, sorrow, grieve

wail, moan, whine, whimper, groan, howl

Scottish greet

archaic plain

rare ululate