Definitions for KEENkin

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

keen*kin(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. finely sharpened; so shaped as to cut or pierce readily:

    a keen razor.

  2. sharp, piercing, or biting:

    a keen wind.

  3. acutely or finely perceptive; extremely sensitive, responsive, or alert:

    keen ears; a keen mind.

  4. having great acumen; astute:

    a keen observer of human nature.

  5. animated by strong feeling or desire:

    keen competition.

  6. intense, as feeling or desire.

  7. eager; interested; enthusiastic (often fol. by about, on, etc., or an infinitive):

    I was keen to go swimming.

  8. Slang. great; wonderful; marvelous.

    Category: Status (usage)

* Syn: See sharp.

Origin of keen:

bef. 900; ME kene, OE cēne; c. OHG chuoni bold, ON kŒnn wise, skillful



  1. a wailing lament for the dead.

  2. (v.i.)to wail in lamentation for the dead.

  3. (v.t.)to bewail or lament by or with keening.

Origin of keen:

1805–15; < Ir caoine lament


Princeton's WordNet

  1. keen(adj)

    a funeral lament sung with loud wailing

  2. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp(adj)

    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"

  3. exquisite, keen(adj)

    intense or sharp

    "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"

  4. bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(adj)

    very good

    "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"

  5. cutting, keen, knifelike, piercing, stabbing, lancinate, lancinating(adj)

    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"

  6. keen(verb)

    having a sharp cutting edge or point

    "a keen blade"

  7. lament, keen(verb)

    express grief verbally

    "we lamented the death of the child"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. keen(adjective)kin

    eager to do sth

    She was keen to try.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Keen

    sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge

  2. Keen

    acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features

  3. Keen

    bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm

  4. Keen

    piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc, ; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen

  5. Keen

    eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite

  6. Keen(verb)

    to sharpen; to make cold

  7. Keen(noun)

    a prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach

  8. Keen(verb)

    to wail as a keener does

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'KEEN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2940

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'KEEN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1852

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'KEEN' in Adjectives Frequency: #355

Anagrams of KEEN

  1. Knee

Translations for KEEN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


eager or enthusiastic

He is a keen golfer; I'm keen to succeed.

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