a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
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"
intense or sharp
"suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(adj)
"he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
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"
having a sharp cutting edge or point
"a keen blade"
express grief verbally
"we lamented the death of the child"
sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge
acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features
bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm
piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc, ; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen
eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite
to sharpen; to make cold
a prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach
to wail as a keener does
Origin: [Ir. caoine.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kēn, adj. eager: sharp, having a fine edge: piercing: acute of mind: penetrating: intense.—adv. Keen′ly.—n. Keen′ness. [A.S. céne; Ger. kühn, bold; Ice. kænn, wise. Cog. with ken and can.]
kēn, n. a lamentation over the dead.—v.i. to wail over the dead.—n. Keen′er, a professional mourner. [Ir. caoine.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'keen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2940
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'keen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1852
Rank popularity for the word 'keen' in Adjectives Frequency: #355
The numerical value of keen in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of keen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Keen at the start, but careless at the end.
We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity.
China is keen to play a bigger role within G20 and it needs to maintain relatively fast economic growth.
Many Swiss watch brands are not keen on partnerships. We were keen because I believed that my price range could be hit by the competition of smartwatches.
For health and the constant enjoyment of life, give me a keen and ever-present sense of humor it is the next best thing to an abiding faith in providence.
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Translations for keen
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- entusiastaCatalan, Valencian
- heftig, kühn, ungestüm, begeistert, eifrig, scharf, vehementGerman
- vehemente, entusiasta, con perspicaz, fijoSpanish
- èasgaidhScottish Gaelic
- veemente, incline, desideroso, pronto, disposto, propenso, intenzionato, voglioso, preparato, entusiastaItalian
- курч, кескин, катууKyrgyz
- öfkeli, istekli, ateşli, şiddetli, düşkün, hevesli, coşkuluTurkish
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