Definition and Meanings for keen

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Keen is ranked 30,085 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of keen

adjective, comparative, superlative, transitive verb, noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of keen

oe. kene sharp, bold, as. c bold; akin to d. koen, ohg. kuoni, g. k, osw. kyn, k, icel. k, for k wise; perh. akin to e. ken, can to be able. root45 ir. caoine

Meaning of keen


as adjective, comparative, superlative

  • sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.
  • acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.
  • bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
  • piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc.; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
  • eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
  • wonderful; delightful; marvelous; as, that would be keen.

as transitive verb

  • to sharpen; to make cold.

as noun

  • a prolonged wail for a deceased person. cf. coranach.

as intransitive verb

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