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Meaning of EAGER

Pronunciation:  'eegur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
  2. [adj]  having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy; "eager to learn"; "eager to travel abroad"; "eager for success"; "eager helpers"; "an eager look"
  3. [adj]  marked by active interest and enthusiasm; "an avid sports fan"; "a great walker"; "an eager beaver"

EAGER is a 5 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: aegir, anxious(p), avid, bore, dying(p), eagre, enthusiastic, great, hot, impatient(p), overeager, raring(p), tidal bore, zealous
 Antonyms: uneager
 See Also: tidal current, tidal flow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ea"ger\, a. [OE. egre sharp, sour, eager, OF. agre,
    aigre, F. aigre, fr. L. acer sharp, sour, spirited, zealous;
    akin to Gr. ? highest, extreme, Skr. a?ra point; fr. a root
    signifying to be sharp. Cf. {Acrid}, {Edge}.]
    1. Sharp; sour; acid. [Obs.] ``Like eager droppings into
       milk.'' --Shak.
    2. Sharp; keen; bitter; severe. [Obs.] ``A nipping and an
       eager air.'' ``Eager words.'' --Shak.
    3. Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to
       pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly
       longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement; as, the
       hounds were eager in the chase.
             And gazed for tidings in my eager eyes. --Shak.
             How eagerly ye follow my disgraces!   --Shak.
             When to her eager lips is brought Her infant's
             thrilling kiss.                       --Keble.
             A crowd of eager and curious schoolboys.
             Conceit and grief an eager combat fight. --Shak.
    4. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile. [Obs.]
             Gold will be sometimes so eager, as artists call it,
             that it will as little endure the hammer as glass
             itself.                               --Locke.
    Syn: Earnest; ardent; vehement; hot; impetuous; fervent;
         intense; impassioned; zealous; forward.
    Usage: See {Earnest}. -- {Eager}, {Earnest}. Eager marks an
           excited state of desire or passion; thus, a child is
           eager for a plaything, a hungry man is eager for food,
           a covetous man is eager for gain. Eagerness is liable
           to frequent abuses, and is good or bad, as the case
           may be. It relates to what is praiseworthy or the
           contrary. Earnest denotes a permanent state of mind,
           feeling, or sentiment. It is always taken in a good
           sense; as, a preacher is earnest in his appeals to the
           conscience; an agent is earnest in his solicitations.
  2. \Ea"ger\, n.
    Same as {Eagre}.
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