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See also: Eager and eagre


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for eager in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English egre, eger, from Old French egre (French aigre), from Latin acer (sharp, keen); see acid, acerb, etc. Compare vinegar, alegar.

Alternative forms[edit]


eager (comparative eagerer, superlative eagerest)

  1. (obsolete) Sharp; sour; acid.
  2. (obsolete) Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.
  3. Desirous; keen to do or obtain something.
    The hounds were eager in the chase.
    I was eager to show my teacher how much I'd learned over the holidays.
    You stayed up all night to get to the front of the queue. You must be very eager to get tickets.
  4. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.
  5. (computing theory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required.
    an eager algorithm
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Etymology 2[edit]

See eagre.


eager (plural eagers)

  1. Alternative form of eagre (tidal bore).

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