Definition of eager in English:

eager

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːgə
 
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adjective

1Strongly wanting to do or have something: 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.
Synonyms
anxious, impatient, waiting with bated breath, longing, yearning, aching, wishing, hoping, hopeful, thirsty, hungry, greedy; desirous of, hankering after, intent on, bent on, set on; on the edge of one's seat, on pins and needles, on tenterhooks
informal hot, itching, gagging, dying
1.1(Of a person’s expression or tone of voice) keenly expectant or interested: 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Phrases

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.

Derivatives

eagerly

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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.

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