What does eager mean?

Definitions for eager
ˈi gərea·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tidal bore, bore, eagre, aegir, eageradjective

    a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

  2. eageradjective

    having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy

    "eager to learn"; "eager to travel abroad"; "eager for success"; "eager helpers"; "an eager look"


  1. eagernoun

    A tidal bore.

  2. eageradjective

    sharp; sour; acid.

  3. eageradjective

    sharp; keen; bitter; severe.

  4. eageradjective

    Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement.

  5. eageradjective

    brittle; inflexible; not ductile.

  6. Etymology: From eger, from egre, from acer; see acid, acerb, etc. Compare vinegar, alegar.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EAGERadjective

    Etymology: eagor, Saxon; aigre, French.

    Of action eager, and intent of thought,
    The chiefs your honourable danger sought. John Dryden, Ovid.

    Eager to read the rest, Achates came. John Dryden, Æn.

    With joy th’ ambitious youth his mother heard,
    And eager for the journey soon prepar’d;
    He longs the world beneath him to survey,
    To guide the chariot, and to give the day. Dryden.

    Love inflam’d, and eager on his bliss,
    Smother’d her words. Joseph Addison, Ovid’s Metam. b. ii.

    Apt as well to quicken the spirits as to allay that which is too eager. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 38.

    Nor do the eager clamours of disputants yield more relief to eclipsed truth, than did the sounding brass of old to the labouring moon. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 19.

    This is not a general character of women, but a reproof of some eager spirited gipsies. Roger L'Estrange.

    Imperfect zeal is hot and eager, without knowledge. Thomas Sprat.

    Palemon replies,
    Eager his tone, and ardent were his eyes. Dryden.

    A man, charged with a crime of which he thinks himself innocent, is apt to be too eager in his own defence. Dryden.

    His Numidian genius
    Is well dispos’d to mischief, were he prompt
    And eager on it; but he must be spurr’d. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    With a sudden vigour it doth posset
    And curd, like eager droppings into milk,
    The thin and wholsome blood. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold.
    —— It is a nipping and an eager air. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    The resistance of bone to cold is greater than of flesh; for that the flesh shrinketh, but the bone resisteth, whereby the cold becometh more eager. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 688.

    Gold will be sometimes so eager, as artists call it, that it will as little endure the hammer as glass itself. John Locke.


  1. eager

    Eager refers to the state of being enthusiastic, excited, or intensely desirous about something or to do something. It's marked by impatient expectancy and a strong enthusiasm or interest. It could also refer to characterized by a keen and enthusiastic readiness or willingness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eageradjective

    sharp; sour; acid

  2. Eageradjective

    sharp; keen; bitter; severe

  3. Eageradjective

    excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement; as, the hounds were eager in the chase

  4. Eageradjective

    brittle; inflexible; not ductile

  5. Eagernoun

    same as Eagre


  1. Eager

    Eager was a band formed by Patrick Andrew, formerly of the band PFR. Patrick began forming the new band with Greg Pope in 1995. Greg, who was also a songwriter, had been touring with PFR as a backup guitarist. To quell rumors of the unannounced but impending PFR breakup, Patrick publicly explained the new band as just "a side project". The two songwriters recruited drummer Paul Eckberg in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the three moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the fall of 1996. They quickly enlisted Mark Kloos from Raleigh, North Carolina, who was Greg's former bandmate in Apple Green and The Greg Pope Band. The group recorded a self-titled album in early 1997, which Jimmie Lee Sloas produced. It was released that fall. The band continued touring and playing live shows until disbanding in mid-1998. ⁕Patrick Andrew - Vocals, bass ⁕Greg Pope - Vocals, guitar ⁕Mark Kloos - Guitar ⁕Paul Eckberg - Drums, percussion

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eager

    ē′gėr, adj. excited by desire: ardent to do or obtain: (obs.) earnest: keen, severe, sour, acid, bitter.—adv. Ea′gerly.—n. Ea′gerness. [O. Fr. aigre—L. acer, acris, sharp.]

  2. Eager

    Same as Eagre.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. eager

    See EAGRE.

Editors Contribution

  1. eager

    Motivated to do, learn or succeed.

    He was so eager with the thought of his new job so he was prepared in advance, knew what train to take and who he was to meet on this first day.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 3, 2016  

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  2. Eager

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. EAGER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Eager is ranked #13246 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Eager surname appeared 2,305 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Eager.

    88.2% or 2,035 total occurrences were White.
    6.4% or 148 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 56 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 14 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'eager' in Adjectives Frequency: #789

Anagrams for eager »

  1. agree

  2. eagre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eager in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eager in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of eager in a Sentence

  1. John Amaya:

    They have shown that they are happy and eager to use ICE as a blunt force instrument in their political toolbox, but this is taking things to a whole new level.

  2. Polar Park:

    We can't explain what happened, but probably the hunter must have been so eager that he didn't think.

  3. Steve Scalise:

    Rest assured that I plan to be fully engaged in my work as I recover from this surgery and I am eager to be back at the Capitol as soon as my doctors say I'm able.

  4. Dipa Karmakar:

    My coach (Bisweshwar Nandi) was frightened when I first started doing the vault because he thought I could break my neck or end up dead but I was eager to try and push the boundaries, sir (Nandi) even got a telling off from the team’s foreign coach for allowing me to perform this vault because it was too risky. But my coach and I felt we had to take some risks if we wanted to compete with the best.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    But I think it'll be important to show the American people, this was a decision made reluctantly, this was a decision forced upon us, rather than something we were eager to embrace.

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    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    • A. defiant
    • B. arbitrary
    • C. ectomorphic
    • D. ultimo

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