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See also: Eager and eagre



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.

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eager (comparative more eager, superlative most eager)

  1. 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.
  2. (computing theory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required.
    an eager algorithm
  3. (dated) Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.
  4. (obsolete) Sharp; sour; acid.
  5. (obsolete) Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.

(desirous): keen, raring, fain (archaic)

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Etymology 2[edit]

See eagre.


eager (plural eagers)

  1. Alternative form of eagre (tidal bore).

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