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keen 1

adj. keen·er, keen·est
1. Having a fine, sharp cutting edge or point.
2. Having or marked by intellectual quickness and acuity. See Synonyms at sharp.
3. Acutely sensitive: a keen ear.
4. Sharp; vivid; strong: "His entire body hungered for keen sensation, something exciting" (Richard Wright).
5. Intense or bracing: a keen wind.
6. Pungent; acrid: A keen smell of skunk was left behind.
a. Ardent; enthusiastic: a keen chess player.
b. Eagerly desirous: keen on going to Europe in the spring.
8. Slang Great; splendid; fine: What a keen day!

[Middle English kene, from Old English cēne, brave.]

keen′ly adv.
keen′ness n.

keen 2

A loud wailing or lament for the dead.
intr.v. keened, keen·ing, keens
To wail in lamentation, especially for the dead. See Synonyms at cry.

[From Irish Gaelic caoineadh, from caonim, I lament, from Old Irish caínim, coínim, perhaps of Brittonic origin.]

keen′er n.
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Adv.1.keenly - in a keen and discriminating manner; "he was keenly aware of his own shortcomings"
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[ˈkiːnlɪ] ADV
1. (= intensely) [discuss, debate] → vivamente, intensamente; [feel] → profundamente; [look] → fijamente; [listen] → con interés
his loss was keenly felt by all who knew himtodos los que lo conocían sintieron profundamente su muerte
they're keenly aware thatson muy conscientes de que ...
it was a keenly contested gamefue un partido muy reñido
2. (= enthusiastically) → con entusiasmo


[ˈkiːnli] adv
[contested, fought] → âprement
(= very) to be keenly aware of sth → être tout à fait conscient de qch
to be keenly interested in sth → s'intéresser beaucoup à qch, manifester un vif intérêt pour qch
I was still keenly interested in outdoor activities → Je m'intéressais encore beaucoup aux activités de plein air., Je manifestais encore un vif intérêt pour les activités de plein air.
[look] → intensément
He felt the pain in his side keenly → Il ressentit une vive douleur au côté.
the two causes about which she had felt keenly in her youth → les deux causes qui lui tenaient vivement à cœur pendant sa jeunesse
to be keenly felt [loss, absence] → se faire vivement sentir


(= intensely, acutely) feelleidenschaftlich, tief, stark; interested, wish, desirestark, sehr, leidenschaftlich; listenaufmerksam; observescharf; I am keenly aware that …ich bin mir deutlich bewusst, dass …; the match was keenly contestedin dem Spiel wurde hart gekämpft
(= enthusiastically)mit Begeisterung; keenly awaitedmit Ungeduld erwartet
(esp Brit: = competitively) keenly priced goodsWaren plzu scharf kalkulierten Preisen


[ˈkiːnlɪ] adv
a. (acutely) → intensamente; (deeply) → profondamente; (fiercely) → duramente
to feel sth keenly → sentire qc profondamente
he looked at her keenly → le rivolse uno sguardo penetrante
b. (enthusiastically) → con entusiasmo


(kiːn) adjective
1. eager or enthusiastic. He is a keen golfer; I'm keen to succeed.
2. sharp. Her eyesight is as keen as ever.
3. (of wind etc) very cold and biting.
ˈkeenly adverb
ˈkeenness noun
keen on
very enthusiastic about, interested in or fond of. She's keen on sailing; She's been keen on that boy for years.
References in classic literature ?
In the darkness under the roof of the grand-stand, George Willard sat beside Helen White and felt very keenly his own insignificance in the scheme of exis- tence.
Shimerda, leaning out of the window, enjoyed the situation keenly, and was sorry when Antonia sent Mary away, mollified by an apronful of bottle-tomatoes.
His wife was keenly interested in everything he said, laying down her fork the better to listen, chiming in, taking the words out of his mouth.
The sun had already disappeared, and the woods, suddenly deprived of his light*, were assuming a dusky hue, which keenly reminded him that the hour the savage usually chose for his most barbarous and remorseless acts of vengeance or hostility, was speedily drawing near.
With one eye closed, and the other keenly regarding the inkstand, Mr.
when I think of all this; only half-suspected, not so keenly known to me before --and how for forty years I have fed upon dry salted fare -- fit emblem of the dry nourishment of my soul --when the poorest landsman has had fresh fruit to his daily hand, and broken the world's fresh bread to my mouldy crusts --away, whole oceans away, from that young girl-wife I wedded past fifty, and sailed for Cape Horn the next day, leaving but one dent in my marriage pillow --wife?
I know they do feel, just as keenly,--even more so, perhaps,--as we do.
Weston; and the transition from Highbury to Enscombe, the contrast between the places in some of the first blessings of social life was just enough touched on to shew how keenly it was felt, and how much more might have been said but for the restraints of propriety.
Probably, if I had lately left a good home and kind parents, this would have been the hour when I should most keenly have regretted the separation; that wind would then have saddened my heart; this obscure chaos would have disturbed my peace
Often as I have missed my old gossip, I don't know that I ever felt the loss of him so keenly as I felt it when Frank's wedding-cards and Frank's letter came to this house.
In a few moments, a man stood in his presence, who, with a keenly observant look at him, addressed him by his name.
We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.