Meaning of eager


The adjective eager describes someone is excited about or impatient for something. If you want to be a doctor one day, you might be eager to dissect a frog in biology. Your squeamish friend? Not so eager.

Eager derives from old words meaning “sharp, pungent or keen,” and eager carries that sense of sharpness still. In fact, being overeager is a criticism; someone overeager is likely to make a mistake because they are moving too quickly or not thinking things through before they act.

Definitions of eager
  1. adjective

    having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy

    eager to learn”
    eager to travel abroad”
    eager for success”
    eager helpers”
    eager look”

    agog, keen

    anxious, dying

    eagerly desirous

    having or showing great eagerness or enthusiasm
    impatient, raring

    (usually followed by ‘to’) full of eagerness

    excessively eager
    enthusiastic, keen

    having or showing great excitement and interest
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    lacking interest or spirit or animation

    not eager
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  2. noun

    a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)


    aegir, bore, eagre, tidal bore

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    type of:

    tidal current, tidal flow

    the water current caused by the tides

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