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Synonyms for keen

keen on

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keen to

Synonyms

  • 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 ?
Hugging the parados, messengers carried the word in both directions and presently periscopes were leveled above the parados and keen eyes were searching out the traitor.
Three hours before dawn his keen nostrils apprised him that somewhere in the vicinity he would find what he wanted, and so he climbed into a tall tree and settled himself for a few hours' sleep.
This one was Mugambi, chief of the Wagambi of Ugambi, and as he disappeared in the tangled luxuriousness of the rank growth upon the ridge's summit only the keen eyes of the ape-man saw the direction of his flight.
The bushman's keen ears warned him, and he sprang to his feet, bow and arrow in hand, the arrow fixed in the notch and the bow bending as he sprang.
It's awfully decent of him to let me go with him, but he didn't seem very keen about it.
He had been as keen as any of them upon the business until this sudden incident had drawn his thoughts into another channel.
It possessed a motley population, composed of the creole descendants of the original French colonists; the keen traders from the Atlantic States; the backwoodsmen of Kentucky and Tennessee; the Indians and half- breeds of the prairies; together with a singular aquatic race that had grown up from the navigation of the rivers - the "boatmen of the Mississippi;- who possessed habits, manners, and almost a language, peculiarly their own, and strongly technical.
Hunt's arrival there, and the appearance of a new fur company, with ample funds at its command, produced a strong sensation among the I traders of the place, and awakened keen jealousy and opposition on the part of the Missouri Company.
She knew him now, and could make a keen guess at his desires with regard to Lilla Watford.
Relatives I had as few as misanthropist could desire; but from self-congratulation on the fact, on first landing, I soon came to keen regret.
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.
Jerry's ears were keen, but Nalasu's, from long use, were almost as keen.
nevertheless, upon stubb setting the anchor-watch after his supper was concluded; and when, accordingly, Queequeg and a forecastle seaman came on deck, no small excitement was created among the sharks; for immediately suspending the cutting stages over the side, and lowering three lanterns, so that they cast long gleams of light over the turbid sea, these two mariners, darting their long whaling-spades, kept up an incessant murdering of the sharks, by striking the keen steel deep into their skulls, seemingly their only vital part.
The old man's keen eye had caught sight of Nicolete at the window also, and in another moment we were all three face to face.
His weak eyes roved hither and thither but it was his keen scent and acute hearing which first located the ape-man.