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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈiɡɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈiːɡə/
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- Rhymes: -iːɡə(ɹ)
- aigre (obsolete)
- (obsolete) Sharp; sour; acid.
- (obsolete) Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.
- Desirous; keen to do or obtain something.
- When to her eager lips is brought / Her infant's thrilling kiss.
- 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.
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.
- Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.
- John Locke
- Gold will be sometimes so eager, as artists call it, that it will as little endure the hammer as glass itself.
- John Locke
- (computing theory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required.
- an eager algorithm
eager (plural eagers)
- Alternative form of (tidal bore).
- eager in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- eager in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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