If you describe someone as keen, you mean that they have an enthusiastic nature and are interested in everything that they do. He's a very keen student and works very hard = enthusiastic + keenness keen·ness the keenness of the students
A keen interest or emotion is one that is very intense. He had retained a keen interest in the progress of the work. + keenly keen·ly She remained keenly interested in international affairs This is a keenly awaited project
If you say that someone has a keen mind, you mean that they are very clever and aware of what is happening around them. They described him as a man of keen intellect + keenly keen·ly They're keenly aware that whatever they decide will set a precedent
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"
A keen fight or competition is one in which the competitors are all trying very hard to win, and it is not easy to predict who will win. There is expected to be a keen fight in the local elections. + keenly keen·ly The contest should be very keenly fought
If you are keen on doing something, you very much want to do it. If you are keen that something should happen, you very much want it to happen. You're not keen on going, are you? I'm very keen that the European Union should be as open as possible to trade from Russia She's still keen to keep in touch I am not keen for her to have a bicycle. + keenness keen·ness Doyle's keenness to please. a keenness for the idea of a co-ordinated approach to development. = enthusiasm
emphasis If you say that someone is mad keen on something, you are emphasizing that they are very enthusiastic about it. So you're not mad keen on science then?. to sing a loud, sad song for someone who has died
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"
[ 'kEn ] (adjective.) 13th century. Middle English kene brave, sharp, from Old English cEne brave; akin to Old High German kuoni brave.
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