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Keen meaning

keen - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
  2. 2. express grief verbally; " we lamented the death of the child"
  3. 3. very good; " he did a bully job"; " a neat sports car"; " had a great time at the party"; " you look simply smashing"
  4. 4. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.
  5. 5. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.
  6. 6. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
  7. 7. Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
  8. 8. To sharpen; to make cold.
  9. 9. A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach.
  10. 10. To wail as a keener does.
  11. 11. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; - applied to cold, wind, etc, ; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
  12. 12. Eager; piercing; sharp.

keen - examples of usage

  1. He's on the keen jump from morning till night, and he's up late and early to see the row. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. Mooween's ears are quick, and his nose very keen. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  3. His curiosity in regard to the habits of these strangers was almost as keen as that of his daughter. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
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