Eager definition

ēgər
Frequency:
(obsolete) Tart; sharp; cutting.
adjective
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Having or showing keen interest, intense desire, or impatient expectancy.
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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.

adjective
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Feeling or showing keen desire; impatient or anxious to do or get; ardent.
adjective
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(archaic) Sharp; keen.
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Shakespeare.

A nipping and an eager air.

adjective
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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.

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(computing theory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required.

An eager algorithm.

adjective
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Alternative form of eagre (tidal bore).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
eager
Plural:
eagers

Adjective

Base Form:
eager
Comparative:
eagerer
Superlative:
eagerest

Origin of eager

  • Middle English eger sour, sharp, impetuous from Anglo-Norman egre from Latin ācer ak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English eger, from Old French egre (French aigre) , from Latin acer (“sharp, keen”); see acid, acerb, etc. Compare vinegar, alegar.

    From Wiktionary

  • See eagre.

    From Wiktionary