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eager Line breaks: eager
Pronunciation: /ˈiːɡə/

Definition of eager in English:


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.
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.
keen, enthusiastic, avid, fervent, ardent, zealous, passionate, motivated, wholehearted, dedicated, committed, earnest, diligent
informal bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, mad keen, (as) keen as mustard
rare fervid, perfervid, passional


eager beaver
Pronunciation: /ˌiːɡə ˈbiːvə/
informal A keen and enthusiastic person who works very hard.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Middle English (also in the sense '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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