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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ee-ger]
    • /ˈi gər/
    • /ˈiːgənɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ee-ger]
    • /ˈi gər/

Definitions of eagerness word

  • adjective eagerness keen or ardent in desire or feeling; impatiently longing: I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing. 1
  • adjective eagerness characterized by or revealing great earnestness: an eager look. 1
  • adjective eagerness Obsolete. keen; sharp; biting. 1
  • noun eagerness Enthusiasm to do or to have something; keenness. 1
  • noun eagerness enthusiasm, keenness 1
  • noun eagerness willingness, readiness 1

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Origin of eagerness

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 Eagerness


eagerness 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.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for eagerness

noun eagerness

  • longing — strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home.
  • impatience — lack of patience.
  • hunger — a compelling need or desire for food.
  • zeal — fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.
  • ardor — emotional warmth; passion

Antonyms for eagerness

noun eagerness

  • satisfaction — an act of satisfying; fulfillment; gratification.
  • apathy — You can use apathy to talk about someone's state of mind if you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about anything.
  • indifference — lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.
  • coolness — moderately cold; neither warm nor cold: a rather cool evening.
  • reluctance — unwillingness; disinclination: reluctance to speak in public.

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