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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ee-ger]
    • /ˈi gər/
    • /ˈiː.ɡər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ee-ger]
    • /ˈi gər/

Definitions of eager word

  • adjective eager keen or ardent in desire or feeling; impatiently longing: I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing. 1
  • adjective eager characterized by or revealing great earnestness: an eager look. 1
  • adjective eager Obsolete. keen; sharp; biting. 1
  • noun eager a tidal bore or flood. 1
  • noun eager (of a person) Wanting to do or have something very much. 1
  • adjective eager avid 1

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Origin of eager

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English egre < Anglo-French, Old French egre, aigre < Vulgar Latin *ācrus for Latin ācer sharp

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Parts of speech for Eager


eager popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

eager usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for eager

adj eager

  • restless — characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest: a restless mood.
  • thirsty — feeling or having thirst; craving liquid.
  • hungry — having a desire, craving, or need for food; feeling hunger.
  • greedy — excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.; avaricious: the greedy owners of the company.
  • impatient — not patient; not accepting delay, opposition, pain, etc., with calm or patience.

adjective eager

  • ready — completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use: troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.
  • willing — disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along.

noun eager

  • flood — a great flowing or overflowing of water, especially over land not usually submerged.
  • drencher — One who, or that which, drenches.
  • niagara — a river on the boundary between W New York and Ontario, Canada, flowing from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. 34 miles (55 km) long.
  • tsunami — an unusually large sea wave produced by a seaquake or undersea volcanic eruption.

Antonyms for eager

adj eager

  • satisfied — content: a satisfied look.
  • apathetic — If you describe someone as apathetic, you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about doing anything.
  • disinterested — unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives: a disinterested decision by the referee.
  • dispassionate — free from or unaffected by passion; devoid of personal feeling or bias; impartial; calm: a dispassionate critic.
  • unconcerned — not involved or interested; disinterested.

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