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Meaning of KEEN

Pronunciation:  keen

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (Irish) a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
  2. [adj]  having a sharp cutting edge or point; "a keen blade"
  3. [adj]  as physically 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"
  4. [adj]  (informal) very good; "a bully pulpit"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
  5. [adj]  very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation; "an incisive mind"; "a keen intelligence"; "of sharp and active intellect"
  6. [adj]  intense or sharp; "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"
  7. [adj]  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"
  8. [v]  express grief verbally

KEEN is a 4 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: acute, bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, cutting, dandy, discriminating, exquisite, good, great, groovy, incisive, intelligent, intense, knifelike, lament, lancinate, lancinating, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, penetrating, penetrative, perceptive, piercing, sharp, slap-up, smashing, stabbing, swell
 See Also: coronach, dirge, express emotion, express feelings, grieve, lament, requiem, sorrow, threnody



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Keen\ (k[=e]n), a. [Compar. {Keener} (-[~e]r); superl.
    {Keenest}.] [OE. kene sharp, bold, AS. c[=e]ne bold; akin to
    D. koen, OHG. kuoni, G. k["u]hn, OSw. kyn, k["o]n, Icel.
    k[ae]nn, for k[oe]nn wise; perh. akin to E. ken, can to be
    able. [root]45. ]
    1. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a
       razor with a keen edge.
             A bow he bare and arwes [arrows] bright and kene.
             That my keen knife see not the wound it makes.
    2. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing
       mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen
       look; keen features.
             To make our wits more keen.           --Shak.
             Before the keen inquiry of her thought. --Cowper.
    3. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe;
       as, keen satire or sarcasm.
             Good father cardinal, cry thou amen To my keen
             curses.                               --Shak.
    4. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold,
       wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
             Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes.
    5. Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite. ``Of full
       kene will.'' --Piers Plowman.
             So keen and greedy to confound a man. --Shak.
    Note: Keen is often used in the composition of words, most of
          which are of obvious signification; as, keen-edged,
          keen-eyed, keen-sighted, keen-witted, etc.
    Syn: Prompt; eager; ardent; sharp; acute; cutting;
         penetrating; biting; severe; sarcastic; satirical;
         piercing; shrewd.
  2. \Keen\, v. t.
    To sharpen; to make cold. [R.]
          Cold winter keens the brightening flood. --Thomson.
  3. \Keen\, n. [Ir. caoine.]
    A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. {Coranach}.
    [Ireland] --Froude.
  4. \Keen\, v. i.
    To wail as a keener does. [Ireland]
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