Definition of eager in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈēɡər/


1(Of a person) wanting to do or have something very much: the man was eager to please young intellectuals eager for knowledge
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  • All were extremely enthusiastic, and eager for everyone on the course to do well.
  • I was fascinated to watch her plying her trade to the many young girls eager for her wares.
  • I can understand that Blackburn are eager for a reply but I cannot give them my decision yet.
anxious, impatient, longing, yearning, wishing, hoping, hopeful;
on the edge of one's seat, on tenterhooks, on pins and needles
informal itching, gagging, dying
1.1(Of a person’s expression or tone of voice) characterized by keen expectancy or interest: small eager faces looked up and listened
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  • Kit nodded and leapt to her feet, an eager expression appearing on her face as she did so.
  • Bridge leaned over and glanced at the maps with an eager expression on her face.
  • Ryne flinched at the overly eager, overly loud voice that greeted his arrival back home.
keen, enthusiastic, avid, fervent, ardent, motivated, wholehearted, dedicated, committed, earnest
informal gung-ho


See anxious (usage).


Middle English (also in the sense 'sharp to the senses, pungent, sour'): from Old French aigre 'keen', from Latin acer, acr- 'sharp, pungent'.

Words that rhyme with eager

Antigua, beleaguer, bodega, intriguer, leaguer, meagre (US meager), reneger, Riga, Seeger, Vega
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