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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:
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 ?
And Pollyanna, convinced anew of her aunt's "kindness," blinked off the tears and looked eagerly about her.
His body was reaching eagerly forward, his hand stretched out like a wand, and at brief sudden intervals he continued his cries.
The Grasshopper, who was thirsty, and pleased with the praise of her voice, eagerly flew up.
The Detective eagerly scanned the page, and found an official statement that the deceased was dead.
Wardour rose eagerly, and looked over Crayford's shoulder.
Hail to its belly, If it had e'er A such loveliest oasis-belly As this is: though however I doubt about it, --With this come I out of Old-Europe, That doubt'th more eagerly than doth any Elderly married woman.
Haigha replied eagerly, coming in front of Alice to introduce her, and spreading out both his hands towards her in an Anglo-Saxon attitude.
While she was fetching the water her husband approached the dusty horseman and inquired eagerly for news from the front.
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.
Alice replied eagerly, for she was always ready to talk about her pet: `Dinah's our cat.
At the moment he passed through the gateway into the street, the wind blew open the cloak in which he was wrapped, although it was in the month of August, and lifted his hat, which the traveler seized with his hand the moment it had left his head, pulling it eagerly over his eyes.
which I made by crushing a black variety of berry and mixing it with water) before attaching my signature, when faintly from the valley far below came an unmistakable sound which brought me to my feet, trembling with excitement, to peer eagerly downward from my dizzy ledge.