Definition of eager in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈiːgə



eager beaver

informal A keen and enthusiastic person who works very hard.
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  • The overcast and misty weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the eager beavers.
  • At the agencies I was able to contact, I found that a lot of eager beavers had already filled up the slots in most of them.
  • The students were buzzing and there was a long queue of eager beavers waiting for their turn.



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  • You respond to people eagerly, and your enthusiasm stimulates them to respond to you as well.
  • The potential to decipher more of his works is eagerly anticipated by classicists around the world.
  • The children drank eagerly from bottles of water given to them once they reached safety.


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

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