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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈiɡɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈiːɡə/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -iːɡə(ɹ)
- Desirous; keen to do or obtain something.
- Stacey is very eager to go cycling this weekend.
- 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.
- 1827, [John Keble], The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays throughout the Year, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), Oxford, Oxfordshire: […] [B]y W. Baxter, for J. Parker; and C[harles] and J[ohn] Rivington, […], OCLC 1029642537:
- When to her eager lips is brought / Her infant's thrilling kiss.
- 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, a Romance, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, OCLC 223202227:
- a crowd of eager and curious schoolboys
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess:
- When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. […]. The captive made no resistance and came not only quietly but in a series of eager little rushes like a timid dog on a choke chain.
- (computing theory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required.
- an eager algorithm
- (dated) Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.
- (obsolete, literally) Sharp; sour; acid.
- (obsolete, figuratively) Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.
- c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene vi], page 157:
- If so thou thinkest, vex him with eager words.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv], page 2:
- It is a nipping and an eager air.
excited by desire in the pursuit of any object
eager (plural eagers)
- Alternative form of (tidal bore).
- eager in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- eager in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- eager at OneLook Dictionary Search