Keen meaning

kēn
Sharp or cutting in force; piercing.

A keen appetite, a keen wind.

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To wail in lamentation, especially for the dead.
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Having a fine, sharp cutting edge or point.
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Intense or bracing.

A keen wind.

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Eager; enthusiastic; much interested.
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Strongly felt or perceived; intense; strong.

Keen desire, a keen scent.

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A loud wailing or lament for the dead.
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Sharp-witted; mentally acute; shrewd.
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(irish) A wailing for the dead; dirge.
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To utter in a wailing tone.
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Pungent; acrid.

A keen smell of skunk was left behind.

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Having or marked by intellectual quickness and acuity.
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Acutely sensitive.

A keen ear.

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Sharp; vivid; strong.
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(slang) Great; splendid; fine.

What a keen day!

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Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well.

A keen knife, a keen edge.

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Sharp and quick in seeing, hearing, thinking, etc.; acute.

Keen eyes, a keen intelligence.

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(slang) Good, fine, etc.
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(irish) To lament or wail for the dead.
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To make a wailing, shrill, or mournful sound suggestive of a keen.
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The definition of keen is something sharp or intense.

An example of keen is a sharp knife.

An example of keen is a witty sense of humor.

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Showing a quick and ardent willingness or responsiveness, enthusiastic, eager; interested, intense.
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Vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
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Sharp; having a fine edge or point.
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Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness.
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Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
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Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
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(often with "to" + infinitive or with a prepositional phrase) Enthusiastic.

I'm keen to learn another language.

I'm keen on learning another language.

I'm keen on languages.

I'm keen about learning languages.

I'm keen for help.

"Do you want to learn another language?" / "I'm keen."

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(US, informal, dated) Marvelous.

I just got this peachy keen new dress.

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(UK) Extremely low as to be competitive.

Keen prices.

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(rare) To sharpen; to make cold.
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A prolonged wail for a deceased person.
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(intransitive) To utter a keen.
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To utter with a loud wailing voice or wordless cry.
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To mourn.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
keen
Comparative
keenest
Superlative
keenest

Origin of keen

  • From Irish Gaelic caoineadh from caonim I lament from Old Irish caínim, coínim perhaps of Brittonic origin

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

  • Middle English kene from Old English cēne brave

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

  • From Middle English kene (“bold, brave, sharp”), from Old English cēne (“keen, fierce, bold, brave, warlike, powerful, learned, clever, wise”), from Proto-Germanic *kōniz (“knowledgeable, skillful, experienced, clever, capable”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenə-, *ǵnō- (“to know”). Cognate with Scots keen (“lively, brisk, avaricious”), Dutch koen (“daring, valiant, doughty, courageous”), German kühn (“bold, daring, audacious, hardy, valiant, venturesome”), Danish køn (“handsome, pretty”), Icelandic kænn (“wise, crafty, clever, able”). Related to Old English cunnan (“to know how to, be able to”). More at cunning, can.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Irish caoin (“keen, weep, cry”).

    From Wiktionary