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eager Syllabification: ea·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈēɡər/

Definition of eager in English:


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;
informalitching, 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


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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