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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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1. eager or enthusiastic
2. (foll by: on) fond (of); devoted (to): keen on a girl; keen on golf.
3. intellectually acute: a keen wit.
4. (of sight, smell, hearing, etc) capable of recognizing fine distinctions
5. having a sharp cutting edge or point
6. extremely cold and penetrating: a keen wind.
7. intense or strong: a keen desire.
8. chiefly Brit extremely low so as to be competitive: keen prices.
9. slang chiefly US and Canadian very good
[Old English cēne; related to Old High German kuoni brave, Old Norse koenn wise; see can1, know]
ˈkeenly adv
ˈkeenness n


vb (intr)
to lament the dead
a dirge or lament for the dead
[C19: from Irish Gaelic caoine, from Old Irish coīnim I wail]
ˈkeener n
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adj. -er, -est.
1. finely sharpened; so shaped as to cut or pierce readily: a keen razor.
2. sharp, piercing, or biting: a keen wind.
3. acutely or finely perceptive; extremely sensitive, responsive, or alert: keen ears; a keen mind.
4. having great acumen; astute: a keen observer of human nature.
5. animated by strong feeling or desire: keen competition.
6. intense, as feeling or desire.
7. eager; interested; enthusiastic (often fol. by about, on, etc., or an infinitive): I was keen to go swimming.
8. Slang. great; wonderful; marvelous.
[before 900; Middle English kene, Old English cēne; c. Old High German chuoni bold, Old Norse kŒnn wise, skillful]
keen′ly, adv.
keen′ness, n.
syn: See sharp.


1. a wailing lament for the dead.
2. to wail in lamentation for the dead.
3. to bewail or lament by or with keening.
[1805–15; < Irish caoine lament]
keen′er, n.
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Past participle: keened
Gerund: keening

I keen
you keen
he/she/it keens
we keen
you keen
they keen
I keened
you keened
he/she/it keened
we keened
you keened
they keened
Present Continuous
I am keening
you are keening
he/she/it is keening
we are keening
you are keening
they are keening
Present Perfect
I have keened
you have keened
he/she/it has keened
we have keened
you have keened
they have keened
Past Continuous
I was keening
you were keening
he/she/it was keening
we were keening
you were keening
they were keening
Past Perfect
I had keened
you had keened
he/she/it had keened
we had keened
you had keened
they had keened
I will keen
you will keen
he/she/it will keen
we will keen
you will keen
they will keen
Future Perfect
I will have keened
you will have keened
he/she/it will have keened
we will have keened
you will have keened
they will have keened
Future Continuous
I will be keening
you will be keening
he/she/it will be keening
we will be keening
you will be keening
they will be keening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been keening
you have been keening
he/she/it has been keening
we have been keening
you have been keening
they have been keening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been keening
you will have been keening
he/she/it will have been keening
we will have been keening
you will have been keening
they will have been keening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been keening
you had been keening
he/she/it had been keening
we had been keening
you had been keening
they had been keening
I would keen
you would keen
he/she/it would keen
we would keen
you would keen
they would keen
Past Conditional
I would have keened
you would have keened
he/she/it would have keened
we would have keened
you would have keened
they would have keened
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.keen - a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
coronach, dirge, requiem, threnody, lament - a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
Emerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Verb1.keen - express grief verbally; "we lamented the death of the child"
express emotion, express feelings - give verbal or other expression to one's feelings
Adj.1.keen - having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctionskeen - having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"
perceptive - having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment; "a perceptive eye"; "a perceptive observation"
2.keen - intense or sharp; "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"
intense - possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense"
3.keen - very goodkeen - very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
good - having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"
4.keen - painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; "a cutting wind"; "keen winds"; "knifelike cold"; "piercing knifelike pains"; "piercing cold"; "piercing criticism"; "a stabbing pain"; "lancinating pain"
sharp - keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds"
5.keen - having a sharp cutting edge or point; "a keen blade"
sharp - having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"
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7. intense, strong, fierce, relentless, cut-throat Competition is keen for these awards.
keen on attracted to, fond of, taken with, infatuated with, into (informal), attached to, devoted to, stuck on (informal), enamoured of, sweet on (informal), smitten with Mick has always been very keen on Carla.
keen to anxious to, hoping to, wishing to, determined to, longing to, eager to, dying to, yearning to, itching to, impatient to, ambitious to, desirous to We're keen to wrap the matter up within two or three weeks.


verb lament, cry, weep, sob, mourn, grieve, howl, sorrow, wail, whine, whimper, bewail He tossed back his head and keened.
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keen 1

1. Having a fine edge, as for cutting:
2. Mentally quick and original:
3. Possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity:
4. Showing or having enthusiasm:
Informal: crazy.
Slang: gung ho, nuts.
5. Intensely desirous or interested:
Informal: raring.
Idioms: champing at the bit, ready and willing.

keen 2

To make inarticulate sounds of grief or pain, usually accompanied by tears:
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حاد ، مُتَوَقِّد الذِّهْنقارِس ولاذِعمُتَحَمِّسمُتَحَمِّسٌ
ivrigivrig efterskarp
besižavintislabai mėgstantisveriantis
navdušen nadostervnetželjan
say mê


A. ADJ (keener (compar) (keenest (superl)))
1. (= enthusiastic) [supporter] → entusiasta; [student] → aplicado
she's a keen photographer/gardeneres muy aficionada a la fotografía/la jardinería
he's a keen footballeres muy aficionado a jugar al fútbol
he's a keen cookle gusta mucho or le encanta cocinar
she's just started and she's still very keenacaba de empezar y tiene aún mucho entusiasmo
try not to seem too keenprocura no parecer muy interesado
to be keen to do sthtener interés por hacer algo
I was keen to get startedtenía muchas ganas de empezar
the government is keen to dismiss these rumoursal gobierno le interesa descartar estos rumores
he was keen to point out the financial benefitstenía sumo interés por hacer resaltar las ventajas económicas, hizo mucho hincapié en las ventajas económicas
to be keen on sth (Brit) I'm not all that keen on grapesno me gustan mucho las uvas
he's keen on fishinges muy aficionado a la pesca, le gusta mucho la pesca
I'm not keen on the ideano me entusiasma or no me hace mucha gracia la idea
both companies were keen on a mergerambas compañías querían la fusión or tenían interés en la fusión
I'm not very keen on himno es santo de mi devoción, no me cae demasiado bien
to be keen on doing sth: I'm very keen on horse riding (Brit) → me gusta muchísimo montar a caballome encanta montar a caballo; (as a hobby) → soy muy aficionada a montar a caballo
I'm not keen on goingno me apetece mucho ir
to be as keen as mustardser extraordinariamente entusiasta
2. (= intense) [desire] → fuerte, vivo; [delight] → intenso; [interest] → vivo, grande; [competition, match, struggle] → reñido
his keen sense of loyaltysu gran sentido de la lealtad
3. (= sharp) [edge, blade] → afilado; [wind, air] → cortante; [mind, intelligence] → agudo, penetrante; [intellect, wit, sense of humour] → agudo; [eyesight] → agudo, muy bueno; [hearing] → fino
to have a keen appetitetener buen apetito
to have a keen eye for detailtener buen ojo para los detalles
to have a keen nose for sthtener buen olfato para algo
to have a keen sense of smelltener buen olfato
4. (= competitive) [price, rate] → competitivo
5. (US) (= good) he plays a keen game of squashjuega genial or fenomenal al squash
B. N (Irl) (Mus) lamento fúnebre por la muerte de una persona
C. VIlamentar
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[ˈkiːn] adj
(= eager) [person] → passionné(e)
She's keen and energetic → Elle est passionnée et énergique.
a keen, enthusiastic lad → un jeune gars passionné et enthousiaste
to seem keen
He doesn't seem very keen → Il n'a pas l'air très enthousiaste., Il n'a pas l'air très passionné.
to be keen on sth (= enjoy) → être passionné par qch
I'm keen on maths → Je suis passionné par les maths.
I'm not very keen on maths → Je ne suis pas passionné par les maths.
She's not too keen on jazz → Elle n'aime pas trop le jazz., Elle n'est pas particulièrement passionnée par le jazz
I'm very keen on sports → Le sport me passionne au plus haut point., Je suis très passionné par le sport.
Boys are just as keen on cooking as girls are → Les garçons sont tout aussi passionnés par la cuisine que les filles., Les garçons se passionnent pour la cuisine tout autant que les filles.
to be keen on doing sth (= want very much to) → tenir à faire qch, avoir très envie de faire qch
She was keen on having a family → Elle tenait à fonder une famille., Elle avait très envie de fonder une famille.
not to be keen on doing sth → ne pas tenir à faire qch
I've seen the play before, so I'm not keen on going again → J'ai déjà vu la pièce et je ne tiens pas à y retourner.
to be not very keen on doing sth → ne pas tenir beaucoup à faire qch, ne pas être chaud pour faire qch
I'm not very keen on going → Je ne tiens pas beaucoup à y aller.
to be keen to do sth (= want very much to) → tenir à faire qch, avoir très envie de faire qch
to be keen for sb to do sth → tenir à ce que qn fasse qch
I am not keen for him to have a bicycle → Je ne tiens pas à ce qu'il ait une bicyclette.
to be keen that ... → tenir à ce que + subj ...
My host was keen that I should try his best wines → Mon hôte tenait à ce que je goûte ses meilleurs vins.
I'm very keen that → Je tiens beaucoup à ce que ...
to be keen on sb → être attiré par qn
He's keen on her → Il est attiré par elle.
Molly was very keen on him → Molly était très attirée par lui.
[gardener, photographer, golfer, cook, supporter] → assidu(e)
She's a keen student → C'est une étudiante assidue.
[interest, desire, competition] → vif (vive)before n
to take a keen interest in sth → manifester un vif intérêt pour qch
He took a keen interest in politics → Il manifestait un vif intérêt pour la politique.
(= sharp) [intelligence, mind] → pénétrant(e); [sense of smell] → très développé(e); [sense of humour] → très développé(e)
a keen eye for detail → une grande attention aux détails
to have a keen eye for detail (= pay great attention to) → porter une grande attention aux détails
Susan has a keen eye for detail, so each dress is beautifully finished → Susan porte une grande attention aux détails si bien que la finition de chaque robe est splendide.
[edge] → effilé(e)
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adj (+er)
(= acute, intense) appetitekräftig; interestgroß, stark; pleasuregroß; anticipationgespannt; feelingstark, tief; desire, painheftig, stark; mind, intelligence, sense of humour, witscharf; sight, eye, hearing, eargut, scharf; awarenessgeschärft; competitionscharf; to keep a keen eye on somethingein wachsames Auge auf etw (acc)haben; to have a keen nose for somethingeine gute or feine Nase für etw haben; they have a keen awareness or appreciation of the dangerssie sind sich der Gefahren deutlich bewusst; he has a keen sense of historyer hat ein ausgeprägtes Gefühl für Geschichte
(= enthusiastic)begeistert; football fan, golfer, supporterleidenschaftlich, begeistert; (= eager, interested) applicant, learnerstark interessiert; (= hardworking)eifrig; keen to learnlernbegierig; keen to knowbegierig zu wissen; try not to seem too keenversuchen Sie, Ihr Interesse nicht zu sehr zu zeigen; if he’s keen we can teach himwenn er wirklich interessiert ist or Interesse hat, können wir es ihm beibringen; he is terribly keenseine Begeisterung/sein Interesse/sein Eifer kennt kaum Grenzen; to be keen on somebodyvon jdm sehr angetan sein; (= sexually attracted)scharf auf jdn sein (inf); on pop group, actor, authorvon jdm begeistert sein; to be keen on somethingetw sehr gern mögen; on classical music, Italian cooking also, footballsehr viel für etw übrighaben; to be keen on doing something (= like to do)etw gern or mit Begeisterung tun; to be keen to do something (= want to do)sehr darauf erpicht sein or scharf darauf sein (inf), → etw zu tun; to be keen on mountaineering/dancingbegeisterter or leidenschaftlicher Bergsteiger/Tänzer sein, leidenschaftlich gern bergsteigen/tanzen; he is very keen on golf/tennis etcer ist ein Golf-/Tennisfan metc; to become keen on somebody/somethingsich für jdn/etw erwärmen; I’m not very keen on him/that ideaich bin von ihm/dieser Idee nicht gerade begeistert; he’s very keen on getting the job finishedihm liegt sehr viel daran, dass die Arbeit fertig wird; he’s not keen on her cominger legt keinen (gesteigerten) Wert darauf, dass sie kommt; he’s very keen that we should go/for us to goer legt sehr großen Wert darauf or ihm ist sehr daran gelegen, dass wir gehen; they are keen for revengesie sind auf Rache aus
(= sharp) blade, windscharf; frostscharf, klirrend
(esp Brit: = competitive) pricesgünstig
(US inf: = very good) → spitzenmäßig (inf)


2 (Ir)
nTotenklage f
vidie Totenklage halten
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[kiːn] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl)))
a. (Brit) (person) → entusiasta
he's a keen gardener → è un appassionato di giardinaggio
to be keen on sth (opera, theatre) → essere appassionato/a di qc (plan, idea) → essere entusiasta di qc
she's keen on the music master → il maestro di musica le piace molto
she's very keen on pop music → le piace molto la musica pop
to be keen to do or on doing sth → avere una gran voglia di fare qc
I'm not keen on going → non mi va di andare
I'm not keen to do it → non ci tengo a farlo
b. (edge, blade) → affilato/a, tagliente; (wind, air) → tagliente; (hearing) → fine; (appetite) → robusto/a; (intelligence, eyesight, observation) → acuto/a; (desire, delight, sense) → intenso/a, forte; (interest) → vivo/a; (price, rate) → competitivo/a; (competition, match, struggle) → duro/a
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(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.
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مُتَحَمِّسٌ dychtivý ivrig efter begeistert ενθουσιώδης entusiasta, resuelto innokas enthousiaste gorljiv appassionato 熱心な 열심인 enthousiast ivrig zapalony entusiástico жаждать angelägen กระตือรือร้น istekli say mê 渴望的
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