Definition of keener in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkēnər/


1A person who wails or sings in grief for a dead person.
Example sentences
  • They spent a total of 1,000 yuan on hiring the keeners, all poor men and women who were mobilized to form a band on their own.
  • In the end the keeners stalked the funeral processions screaming and shrieking all the more like vengeful banshees and had to be chased by the priests.
  • At times there are echoes of the raw Gaelic keeners who sang the songs of the dispossessed.
2Canadian informal A person who is who is extremely eager, zealous, or enthusiastic: keeners who spent most of high school buried in homework
More example sentences
  • For you keeners out there, "highly active" is classified as 12,500 steps per day.
  • If you leave the voting to those keeners who were in line on Tuesday morning, then you might as well get used to not having a vote at all.
  • Their eighth full-length album is still in the works, but keeners can get an early listen as they will test driving some new tracks at this gig.

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Syllabification: keen·er

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