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Definitions of keen

  1.   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
  2.   informal very good a bully pulpit a neat sports car had a great time at the party you look simply smashing
  3.   intense or sharp suffered exquisite pain felt exquisite pleasure
  4.   very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation an incisive mind a keen intelligence of sharp and active intellect
  5.   Irish a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
  6.   having a sharp cutting edge or point a keen blade
  7.   as physically 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
  8.   a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
  9.   express grief verbally we lamented the death of the child
  10.   very good he did a bully job a neat sports car had a great time at the party you look simply smashing
  11.   Sharp having a fine edge or point as a keen razor or a razor with a keen edge
  12.   Acute of mind sharp penetrating having or expressing mental acuteness as a man of keen understanding a keen look keen features
  13.   Bitter piercing acrimonious cutting stinging severe as keen satire or sarcasm
  14.   Eager vehement fierce as a keen appetite
  15.   To sharpen to make cold
  16.   A prolonged wail for a deceased person Cf Coranach
  17.   To wail as a keener does
  18.   Piercing penetrating cutting sharp applied to cold wind etc as a keen wind the cold is very keen
  19.   Sharp eager as keen interest piercing bitter as keen wind acute
  20.   Keenly
  21.   Keenness
  22.   Eager sharp having a fine edge piercing acute of mind penetrating
  23.   Eager piercing sharp
  24.   Very sharp and cutting acute shrewd
  25.   Eager sharp having a very fine edge piercing severe bitter acute of mind
  26.   Eager sharp fine edged piercing bitter acute

Antonyms for keen

doltish, serviceable, off, insensible, satisfactory, witless, uninterested, indisposed, SUBPAR., lunkheaded, cuckoo, fairish, sappy, softheaded, terrible, ill, dorky, insouciant, reduced, tomfool, blind, boneheaded, stolid, lukewarm, decreased, diminished, atrocious, inferior, loath, alleviated, imprecise, feeble, incurious, mad, Daffy, unperceptive, mindless, sour, moronic, halfhearted, unperceiving, senseless, unwilling, gentle, listless, mild, loony, low-grade, shallow, rotten, moderate, dulled, paltry, pathetic, nonsensical, Weak-minded, decent, blunted, dull, insensitive, weak, qualified, deadened, daft, languorous, disinterested, tepid, preposterous, bubbleheaded, half-witted, insane, absentminded, execrable, languid, blunt, level, dotty, Abated, awful, light, bush, lessened, soothing, uninformed, lame, uncurious, oafish, featherheaded, lackadaisical, undiscerning, empty-headed, wanting, nutty, unconcerned, insipid, unsavory, half-baked, unenthusiastic, mediocre, aloof, uneager, limp, unsatisfactory, dippy, obtuse, reticent, kooky, nonchalant, crackpot, lunatic, dunderheaded, fading, enervated, suboptimal, fool, bush-league, dim, vacuous, all-right, good, vile, punk, fine, disinclined, soft, passable, dubious, unacceptable, dense, second class, numb, respectable, cockeyed, middling, dumb, foolish, slick, complacent, tasteless, forgetful, perfunctory, balmy, subdued, uneducated, airheaded, WACK, lamebrain, silly, dopey, Pococurante, zany, untaught, cagey, Languishing, wrong, dead, crazy, casual, thick, hesitant, Lightened, lousy, unintellectual, savorless, slow, dimmed, poor, opaque, lowbrow, absurd, flat, thick-witted, second-rate, harebrained, simple, adequate, apathetic, wretched, deficient, dissatisfactory, idiotic, brain dead, feebleminded, superficial, indifferent, unthinking, insentient, pinheaded, screwball, eased, acceptable, Imperceptive, flavorless, crummy, tolerable, averse, moderated, detached, toned, bad, brainless, ignorant, thickheaded, O.K., unintelligent, impassive, reluctant, unsmart, asinine, slow-witted, wacky, illiterate, birdbrained, spiritless, smooth, rounded, bonehead, inaccurate, substandard, Impercipient, nonintellectual, imbecile, unwise, dim-witted, Chuckleheaded, fatuous, gormless, even, simpleminded.

Quotes of keen

  1. At the moment I'm enjoying a new challenge at the Royal Opera House but I'm also keen to pursue my interest in television and particularly in science – Deborah Bull
  2. Call it vanity call it arrogant presumption call it what you wish but I would grope for the nearest open grave if I had no newspaper to work for no need to search for and sometimes find the winged word that just fits no keen wonder over what each unfolding day may bring – Bob Considine
  3. Competition is the keen cutting edge of business always shaving away at costs – Henry Ford
  4. I have always been a very keen walker though and I often took a camera with me on my walks – Fay Godwin
  5. He is a very positive captain he is proactive as well as reactive He is keen to read the game to get in there and he never stops thinking about the game the situation and trying to turn it to his advantage He has been very good for the game – David Gower
  6. Desire is the starting point of all achievement not a hope not a wish but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything – Napoleon Hill
  7. There is nothing to winning really That is if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye an agile mind and no scruples whatsoever – Alfred Hitchcock
  8. If the opponent offers keen play I don't object but in such cases I get less satisfaction even if I win than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic – Anatoly Karpov
  9. We discovered that there was a great deal of keen interest in America for the kinds of products that we thought could be produced here Also there was an interest in Britain for Australian material generally – Ann Macbeth
  10. I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen – Carson McCullers
  11. The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings which are all part of one another and all involved in one another – Thomas Merton
  12. After marriage a woman's sight becomes so keen that she can see right through her husband without looking at him and a man's so dull that he can look right through his wife without seeing her – Helen Rowland
  13. I'm really keen to go back and do some theatre but I can't afford to at the moment because we're getting married in September And then I'm hoping to direct a film at the end of this year and that means a year of your life without pay – Richard Roxburgh
  14. One of my favorite stories was Black Orchid because it was so different from all the others I especially enjoyed dancing the Charleston I have always been keen on dancing – Sarah Sutton
  15. I said look do you think you could bring Gerry through and they said yeah absolutely they thought that Joel was very keen to cast him If all my music team were happy I was happy – Andrew Lloyd Webber

Usage examples for keen

  1. She does not seem very keen about that said Dick grimly – Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
  2. The disappointment was so keen so bitter she could not overcome it – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  3. Their memory is keen – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  4. Such keen pain came over me that I cried more than an hour – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés
  5. God smell the wood smoke doesn't it make you keen – Red Fleece by Will Levington Comfort
  6. But Robey thinks I ought to see him through and to tell the truth I'm rather keen to myself – Left Tackle Thayer by Ralph Henry Barbour
  7. “ I wasn't particularly keen on you until you brought this off – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie
  8. “ Throckmorton's keen pleasure showed in his dark eyes ” – Throckmorton by Molly Elliot Seawell
  9. She seems keen to hear about this Miss Grant – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  10. On the contrary he seemed glad that she took so keen an interest in his affairs ” – The Ranch at the Wolverine by B. M. Bower
  11. Here for the first time Hardy came in with his usual dry keen voice – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  12. Naturally they were keen to know what Sam had come for ” – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  13. She gave me a keen glance – The Other Side of the Door by Lucia Chamberlain
  14. The inspector shot a keen glance at her – The Crooked House by Brandon Fleming
  15. “ Mr Saltoun was not especially keen – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  16. I'm so keen to begin again – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by Henry James
  17. “ A chair was placed for Aunt Selina who looked about the Nest with keen interest – The Blue Birds' Winter Nest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  18. Again he looked upon me very uneasily I thought and with something that was almost fear in his keen eyes ” – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens
  19. She turned quickly and was much astonished to see the bright face and keen blue eyes of Maurice Trevor ” – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  20. Ah let me see your sword how bright and keen it is ” – Audrey by Mary Johnston

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