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.

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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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. Joseph Conrad, Nostromo:

    There is no credulity so eager and blind as the credulity of covetness, which, in its universal extent, measures the moral misery and the intellectual destitution of mankind.

  2. Rush Limbaugh:

    I don't know if it was done on purpose, with the intent to sabotage my effort, or if it was done on purpose as a result of a misunderstanding during production meetings about some of the things I said I might find challenging and eager to do.

  3. Sean McCormack:

    It's noticeable that the financial institutions here are very eager to hear what entrepreneurs and start-ups are doing, because they've seen a little bit earlier that it's something they need to catch on to.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers, rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger, and the costs have been grievous. Bush, a former two-term governor of Florida, vowed to be.

  5. Samson Williams:

    Cryptocurrencies don't solve living wages, they don't address unemployment, black folks are so eager and so thirsty for financial inclusion and economic opportunity that by default we are more ripe for being exploited.

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