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Definitions of keen

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

Antonyms for keen

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

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 gave me a keen glance. ” – The Other Side of the Door by Lucia Chamberlain
  2. 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
  3. The disappointment was so keen so bitter, she could not overcome it. ” – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  4. 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
  5. Naturally, they were keen to know what Sam had come for. ” – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  6. “ Throckmorton's keen pleasure showed in his dark eyes. ” – Throckmorton by Molly Elliot Seawell
  7. “ A chair was placed for Aunt Selina who looked about the Nest with keen interest. ” – The Blue Birds' Winter Nest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  8. She seems keen to hear about this Miss Grant. ” – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  9. Such keen pain came over me that I cried more than an hour. ” – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés
  10. Here for the first time Hardy came in with his usual dry, keen voice. ” – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  11. “ Mr. Saltoun was not especially keen – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  12. The inspector shot a keen glance at her. ” – The Crooked House by Brandon Fleming
  13. 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
  14. God, smell the wood smoke- doesn't it make you keen – Red Fleece by Will Levington Comfort
  15. Their memory is keen – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  16. “ " She does not seem very keen about that," said Dick, grimly. ” – Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
  17. Ah, let me see your sword, how bright and keen it is! ” – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  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. I'm so keen to begin again. ” – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by Henry James
  20. “ " I wasn't particularly keen on you until you brought this off. ” – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie

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