Definitions for keener

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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



  1. keener(Noun)

    One who keens at a funeral.

  2. keener(Noun)

    Someone who is excessively keen or eager, possibly making others look bad; a brown-noser.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Keener(noun)

    a professional mourner who wails at a funeral


  1. Keener

    Keener is a census-designated place in Sampson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 508 at the 2000 census.


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