- The definition of eager is ready and impatient to do something.
An example of eager is a child who is very excited and waiting for her first trip to Disney World.
An eager child gives a double thumbs up.
- feeling or showing keen desire; impatient or anxious to do or get; ardent
- Archaic sharp; keen
Origin of eagerMiddle English egre ; from Old French aigre ; from Classical Latin acer, sharp, acute, ardent, eager: see acid
- Having or showing keen interest, intense desire, or impatient expectancy. See Usage Note at anxious.
- Obsolete Tart; sharp; cutting.
Origin of eagerMiddle English eger, sour, sharp, impetuous, from Anglo-Norman egre, from Latin ācer; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more eager, superlative most eager)
- a nipping and an eager air
- Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement.
- The hounds were eager in the chase.
- I was eager to show my teacher how much I'd learned over the holidays.
- You stayed up all night to get to the front of the queue. You must be very eager to get tickets.
- Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.
- (computing theory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required.
- an eager algorithm
- Alternative form of eagre (tidal bore).