Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

ea·ger 1

adj. ea·ger·er, ea·ger·est
1. Having or showing keen interest, intense desire, or impatient expectancy. See Usage Note at anxious.
2. Obsolete Tart; sharp; cutting.

[Middle English eger, sour, sharp, impetuous, from Anglo-Norman egre, from Latin ācer; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

ea′ger·ly adv.
ea′ger·ness n.

ea·ger 2

 (ē′gər, ā′gər)
Variant of eagre.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.eagerly - with eagerness; in an eager manner; "the news was eagerly awaited"
بِتَلَهُّف، بِتَشَوُّق
ákaflega; af ákefî


[ˈiːgəlɪ] ADV (= enthusiastically) [say, accept] → con entusiasmo; (= impatiently) [await, anticipate] → con impaciencia, ansiosamente; (= hopefully) → con ilusión; (= avidly) [read, listen] → con avidez


[ˈiːgərli] adv [ask] → avec impatience
eagerly awaited → tant attendu(e)


adveifrig; await, anticipategespannt; accept, agreebereitwillig; eagerly awaitedmit Spannung erwartet; we look forward eagerly to the day when …wir warten ungeduldig auf den Tag, an dem …


[ˈiːgəlɪ] adv (listen, watch) → attentamente; (speak, work) → con entusiasmo; (wait) → ansiosamente


(ˈiːgə) adjective
full of desire, interest etc; keen; enthusiastic. He is always eager to win.
ˈeagerness noun
ˈeagerly adverb
References in classic literature ?
When he came home there were no lights in the house, but his mother ap- peared and clutched him eagerly in her arms.
For two weeks past he had sought her society eagerly and persistently.
Then recollecting the importance of securing the fugitive, he dashed aside the surrounding bushes, and pressed eagerly forward to lend his aid in the chase.
They stood in little groups, listening eagerly to a sharp-faced lawyer, or, in sullen despair, eying each other.
Before Christie opened the door her face underwent a rapid transformation: the gentle glow of a refined woman's welcome suddenly beamed in her interested eyes; the impulsive courtesy of an expectant hostess eagerly seizing a long- looked-for opportunity broke in a smile upon her lips as she swept across the room, and stopped with her two white outstretched hands before Whiskey Dick.
cried the guest, eagerly seizing the flower, which, by the spell peculiar to remembered odors, brought innumerable associations along with the fragrance that it exhaled.
cried Roger Chillingworth, eagerly, as if he loved the topic, and were glad of an opportunity to discuss it with the only person of whom he could make a confidant.
For however eagerly and impetuously the savage crew had hailed the announcement of his quest; yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable --they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness --and when retained for any object remote and blank in the pursuit, however promissory of life and passion in the end, it is above all things requisite that temporary interests and employment should intervene and hold them healthily suspended for the final dash.
Upon this the captain started, and eagerly desired to know more.
The old horse snorted and looked eagerly after them, and we young colts wanted to be galloping with them, but they were soon away into the fields lower down; here it seemed as if they had come to a stand; the dogs left off barking, and ran about every way with their noses to the ground.
The forenoon of the next day was devoted to obtaining the license -- the personal distinction of making the declaration on oath being eagerly accepted by Noel Vanstone, who swore, in perfect good faith (on information previously obtained from the captain) that the lady was of age.
Godfrey would be ready enough to accept the suggestion: he would snatch eagerly at a plan that might save him from parting with Wildfire.