- 1Strongly wanting to do or have something: the man was eager to please young intellectuals eager for knowledgeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a person’s expression or tone of voice) keenly expectant or interested: small eager faces looked up and listenedMore example sentences
- 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.
- • informal A keen and enthusiastic person who works very hard.More 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.
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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'.