What does keen mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. keen(adj)

    a funeral lament sung with loud wailing

  2. 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"

  3. exquisite, keen(adj)

    intense or sharp

    "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"

  4. bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(adj)

    very good

    "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"

  5. 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"

  6. keen(verb)

    having a sharp cutting edge or point

    "a keen blade"

  7. lament, keen(verb)

    express grief verbally

    "we lamented the death of the child"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Keen

    sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge

  2. Keen

    acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features

  3. Keen

    bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm

  4. Keen

    piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc, ; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen

  5. Keen

    eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite

  6. Keen(verb)

    to sharpen; to make cold

  7. Keen(noun)

    a prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach

  8. Keen(verb)

    to wail as a keener does

  9. Origin: [Ir. caoine.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Keen

    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.]

  2. Keen

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'keen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2940

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'keen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1852

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'keen' in Adjectives Frequency: #355

How to pronounce keen?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of keen in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of keen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of keen in a Sentence

  1. Michael Schachter:

    I was keen to avoid jail if possible.

  2. An Indian defence ministry official:

    They are very keen to set up shop here.

  3. Jenson Button:

    I’m keen to see how we perform there.

  4. Liang Thow Ming:

    We're both keen to come to a resolution.

  5. Cornelius Tacitus:

    Keen at the start, but careless at the end.

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