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.

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