Definitions for keenness

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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. acuteness, acuity, sharpness, keenness(noun)

    a quick and penetrating intelligence

    "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind"

  2. eagerness, avidity, avidness, keenness(noun)

    a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something

  3. sharpness, keenness(noun)

    thinness of edge or fineness of point


  1. keenness(Noun)

    sharpness or cutting ability

  2. keenness(Noun)

    astuteness or sagacity

Webster Dictionary

  1. Keenness(noun)

    the quality or state of being keen

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