keen


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Synonyms for keen

keen on

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keen to

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  • anxious to
  • hoping to
  • wishing to
  • determined to
  • longing to
  • eager to
  • dying to
  • yearning to
  • itching to
  • impatient to
  • ambitious to
  • desirous to

Synonyms for keen

having a fine edge, as for cutting

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possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity

to make inarticulate sounds of grief or pain, usually accompanied by tears

Synonyms for keen

a funeral lament sung with loud wailing

express grief verbally

having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

intense or sharp

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painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

having a sharp cutting edge or point

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References in classic literature ?
Oolanga was dimly conscious that he was being flouted; but his anger was no less keen because of the measure of his ignorance.
He was a very tall, thin man, with a long nose like a beak, which jutted out between two keen, gray eyes, set closely together and sparkling brightly from behind a pair of gold-rimmed glasses.
Moreover, his father, who was a man of thorough instruction, omitted no opportunity to consolidate this keen intelligence by serious studies in hydrography, physics, and mechanics, along with a slight tincture of botany, medicine, and astronomy.
He seemed to see the fat Kentish fields with their stately elms; and his nostrils dilated with the scent of the air; it is laden with the salt of the North Sea, and that makes it keen and sharp.
I know from reliable sources that the Dowager Empress is taking a keen interest in the whole affair.
He poised with bent knees upon the gently swaying limb above the trail, timing with keen ears the nearing hoof beats of frightened Bara.
His position gave him a bird's-eye view of the field of battle, and his keen eyesight picked out many details that would not have been apparent to a man whose every sense was not trained to the highest point of perfection as were the ape-man's.
Sometimes the beasts separated to follow their own inclinations for an hour or a day, and it was upon one of these occasions when the ape-man had wandered through the tree-tops toward the beach, and was stretched in the hot sun upon the sand, that from the low summit of a near-by promontory a pair of keen eyes discovered him.
Its roar and clamour, the strife of tongues and keen measuring of wits had been the salt of his life.
Binu Charley took the lead as they pushed on, and trap after trap yielded its secret lurking-place to his keen scrutiny.
He waited three months before daring the extravagance of a Yankee screw-driver, and his glee in the marvelous little mechanism was so keen that Dede conceived forthright a great idea.
Jerry's ears were keen, but Nalasu's, from long use, were almost as keen.
Alexander, annoyed by Mainhall's sighs and exclamations, watched her with keen, half-skeptical interest.
I insisted on travelling or loafing with the livest, keenest men, and it was just these live, keen ones that did most of the drinking.
Restrain also the keen fury of my heart which provokes me to tread the ways of blood-curdling strife.