Associations to the word «Keen»


KEEN, adjective. Showing a quick and ardent willingness or responsiveness, enthusiastic, eager; interested, intense.
KEEN, adjective. Vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
KEEN, adjective. Sharp; having a fine edge or point.
KEEN, adjective. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness.
KEEN, adjective. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
KEEN, adjective. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
KEEN, adjective. (often with "to" + infinitive or with a prepositional phrase) Enthusiastic
KEEN, adjective. (US) (informal) (dated) Marvelous.
KEEN, adjective. (UK) extremely low as to be competitive.
KEEN, adjective. (obsolete) brave, courageous; bold, audacious.
KEEN, verb. (transitive) (rare) To sharpen; to make cold.
KEEN, noun. A prolonged wail for a deceased person.
KEEN, verb. (intransitive) To utter a keen.
KEEN, verb. (transitive) To utter with a loud wailing voice or wordless cry.
KEEN, verb. (transitive) To mourn.
KEEN AS MUSTARD, adjective. (simile) To be very keen, enthusiastic, eager.
KEEN ON, adjective. (UK) fond, or appreciative of

Dictionary definition

KEEN, noun. A funeral lament sung with loud wailing.
KEEN, verb. Express grief verbally; "we lamented the death of the child".
KEEN, adjective. Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations".
KEEN, adjective. Intense or sharp; "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure".
KEEN, adjective. Very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing".
KEEN, adjective. Painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; "a cutting wind"; "keen winds"; "knifelike cold"; "piercing knifelike pains"; "piercing cold"; "piercing criticism"; "a stabbing pain"; "lancinating pain".
KEEN, adjective. Having a sharp cutting edge or point; "a keen blade".

Wise words

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