- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- feeling or showing keen desire; impatient or anxious to do or get; ardent
- Archaic sharp; keen
Origin: Middle English egre ; from Old French aigre ; from Classical Latin acer, sharp, acute, ardent, eager: see acid
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adjective ea·ger·er, ea·ger·est
- Having or showing keen interest, intense desire, or impatient expectancy. See Usage Note at anxious.
- Obsolete Tart; sharp; cutting.
Origin: Middle English eger, sour, sharp, impetuous, from Anglo-Norman egre, from Latin ācer; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
- eaˈger·ly adverb
- eaˈger·ness noun