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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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Noun1.keenness - a quick and penetrating intelligencekeenness - a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind"
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
steel trap - an acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well-known sharpness of steel traps); "he's as sharp as a steel trap"; "a mind like a steel trap"
2.keenness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with somethingkeenness - 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"
3.keenness - thinness of edge or fineness of point
acuteness - the quality of having a sharp edge or point
shape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"
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[ˈkiːnnɪs] N
1. (= sharpness) [of mind, sense of humour, eyesight] → agudeza f; [of blade] → lo afilado; [of wind] → lo cortante
2. (= intensity) → intensidad f
3. (= enthusiasm) → entusiasmo m
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[ˈkiːnnɪs] n (= eagerness) → empressement m
What she lacks in ability she makes up for in keenness → Les compétences qui lui manquent, elle les compense par son empressement.
keenness to do sth → empressement à faire qch
She showed a great keenness to participate → Elle montrait un grand empressement à participer.
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(of blade, mind, wind, sight)Schärfe f
(= enthusiasm)Begeisterung f; (of fan, supporter, golfer)Leidenschaftlichkeit f; (of applicant, learner)starkes Interesse; (= hardworking nature)Eifer m; his keenness to go is suspiciousdass er so unbedingt gehen will, ist verdächtig
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[ˈkiːnnɪs] n (eagerness) → entusiasmo
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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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He bobbed his tail good-naturedly and friendly, and growled ferociously and friendly; but the keenness of the drunkenness of the mate discerned the difference and aroused in him, vaguely, the intuition of difference, of play-acting, of cheating.
But he liked to think how Laura would put out her lips and her tiny hands for the bits of sugarcandy; and to give the greater keenness to these pleasures of imagination, he took out the parcel, made a small hole in the paper, and bit off a crystal or two, which had so solacing an effect under the confined prospect and damp odors of the gig-umbrella, that he repeated the process more than once on his way.
Besides, he gives evidence of great kindness of disposition, much keenness of wit, and as to suitability, M.
He was as blithe and joyous as a young bird, and was staying the keenness of his morning's appetite by chewing the soft bark of a delicate branch he held in his hand, and he recommended the like to me as an admirable antidote against the gnawings of hunger.
On his part, D'Artagnan, thanks to the keenness of his sight, had seen all, seized all.
Nor did his disgust and vexation cease when all hands had recovered from sea-sickness, and become accustomed to the ship, for now broke out an alarming keenness of appetite that threatened havoc to the provisions.
"Ah--they would!" laughed Archer, amused at her keenness. He looked sideways at her fruit-like cheek and felt rich and secure enough to add: "When I sent your lilies yesterday afternoon I saw some rather gorgeous yellow roses and packed them off to Madame Olenska.
The unhappiness of Philip's life at school had called up in him the power of self-analysis; and this vice, as subtle as drug-taking, had taken possession of him so that he had now a peculiar keenness in the dissection of his feelings.
But you are strong, healthy, cheerful, and excited, and are surrounded by other such excitedly animated and healthy men." So thinks, or at any rate feels, anyone who comes in sight of the enemy, and that feeling gives a particular glamour and glad keenness of impression to everything that takes place at such moments.
What little we learned, was usually in the course of play, and was due to our curiosity and keenness of appreciation.
His battles with elemental nature had been, in a way, impersonal; his present battles were wholly with the males of his species, and the hardships of the trail, the river, and the frost marred him far less than the bitter keenness of the struggle with his fellows.
He opened up his heart to Martin, showed with what keenness and with what enormous planning he had made the store.