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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:
Noun1.eagerness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with somethingeagerness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
enthusiasm - a feeling of excitement
ardor, ardour, elan, zeal - a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"
2.eagerness - prompt willingness; "readiness to continue discussions"; "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"; "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"; "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"
willingness - cheerful compliance; "he expressed his willingness to help"


2. passion, interest, enthusiasm, intensity, fervour, ardour, earnestness, keenness, heartiness, thirst, intentness the voice of a woman speaking with breathless eagerness
تَوْق، تَلَهُّف على، تشوُّق
ákafi, kapp


[ˈiːgənɪs] N (= enthusiasm) → entusiasmo m; (= impatience) → impaciencia f; (= hopefulness) → ilusión f
eagerness to do sth: eagerness to succeedansias fpl de éxito
eagerness to learn/leaveganas fpl de aprender/marcharse, ansias fpl de aprender/marcharse
eagerness to help/pleasedeseo m de ayudar/agradar
in his eagerness to get there firsten su ansia por llegar el primero


[ˈiːgərnɪs] n
(= enthusiasm) → vif désir m
eagerness to do sth → volonté de faire qch
(= excitement) → excitation f


nEifer m; with eagernesseifrig; eagerness for power/vengeanceMacht-/Rachgier f; eagerness for combatKampflust f; eagerness for friendshipSuchen ntnach Freundschaft; such was his eagerness to please …er war so darauf bedacht zu gefallen, …; such was his eagerness to help …seine Bereitwilligkeit zu helfen war so groß, …


[ˈiːgənɪs] n (see adj) → passione f, impazienza, ansia; (for happiness, affection) → desiderio; (for knowledge, power) → sete f


(ˈiːgə) adjective
full of desire, interest etc; keen; enthusiastic. He is always eager to win.
ˈeagerness noun
ˈeagerly adverb
References in classic literature ?
Buffaloes proved soothing and satisfactory, and in her eagerness to amuse another, Beth forgot herself, and was quite unconscious of her sisters' surprise and delight at the unusual spectacle of Beth talking away to one of the dreadful boys, against whom she had begged protection.
In her eagerness to appear well Louise wanted to answer every question put to the class by the teacher.
Harling's old coats, and in these she went padding about after Charley, fairly panting with eagerness to please him.
She could speak no English, but when Robert made her understand that the lady who accompanied him was ill and desired to rest, she was all eagerness to make Edna feel at home and to dispose of her comfortably.
When we gave way, they pursued us with the utmost eagerness, and in every quarter spread destruction.
Miss Carr," he said, with boyish eagerness, "if any man suggested to me that your father wasn't the brightest and best of his kind-- too wise and clever for the fools about him to understand--I'd--I'd shoot him.
They thronged, however, to the now open door, pressing the lieutenant-governor, in the eagerness of their curiosity, into the room in advance of them.
Let her see nothing strange -- no passion or eagerness -- in thy way of accosting her," whispered Hester.
Ichabod's flimsy garments fluttered in the air, as he stretched his long lank body away over his horse's head, in the eagerness of his flight.
Oh, yes," he said with the brightest superficial eagerness, "you wanted me to tell you something.
I was all eagerness to see his face, but he kept it averted for some time while employed in unlacing the bag's mouth.
As marching armies approaching an unfriendly defile in the mountains, accelerate their march, all eagerness to place that perilous passage in their rear, and once more expand in comparative security upon the plain; even so did this vast fleet of whales now seem hurrying forward through the straits; gradually contracting the wings of their semicircle, and swimming on, in one solid, but still crescentic centre.