from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a fine, sharp cutting edge or point.
- adj. Having or marked by intellectual quickness and acuity. See Synonyms at sharp.
- adj. Acutely sensitive: a keen ear.
- adj. Sharp; vivid; strong: "His entire body hungered for keen sensation, something exciting” ( Richard Wright).
- adj. Intense; piercing: a keen wind.
- adj. Pungent; acrid: A keen smell of skunk was left behind.
- adj. Ardent; enthusiastic: a keen chess player.
- adj. Eagerly desirous: keen on going to Europe in the spring.
- adj. Slang Great; splendid; fine: What a keen day!
- n. A loud, wailing lament for the dead.
- intransitive v. To wail in lamentation, especially for the dead. See Synonyms at cry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A prolonged wail for a deceased person.
- v. To utter a keen.
- v. To utter with a loud wailing voice or wordless cry.
- v. To mourn.
- adj. showing a quick and ardent willingness or responsiveness, enthusiastic, eager; interested, intense.
- adj. vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
- adj. sharp; having a fine edge or point.
- adj. acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness.
- adj. bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
- adj. piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
- adj. Enthusiastic
- adj. Marvelous.
- adj. extremely low as to be competitive.
- adj. brave, courageous; bold, audacious.
- v. To sharpen; to make cold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Sharp; having a fine edge or point.
- adj. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness
- adj. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe.
- adj. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc.
- adj. Eager; vehement; fierce.
- adj. Wonderful; delightful; marvelous.
- transitive v. To sharpen; to make cold.
- n. A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. coranach.
- intransitive v. To wail as a keener does.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bold; daring; brave; active: applied to men.
- Grim; fierce; savage; rapacious: applied to wild animals.
- Vehement; earnest; eager; ardent; fierce; animated by or showing strong feeling or desire: as, a keen fighter; to be keen at a bargain.
- Such as to cut or penetrate easily; having a very sharp point or edge; sharp; acute: as, a keen edge.
- Sharp or irritating to the body or the mind; acutely harsh or painful; biting; stinging; tingling.
- Having a cutting or incisive character or effect; penetrating; vigorous; energetic; vivid; intense: as, keen eyes; a keen look; a keen rebuke; keen-witted.
- Having or manifesting great mental acuteness; characterized by great quickness or penetration of thought; sharply perceptive: as, a keen logician or debater; keen insight.
- To make keen or sharp; sharpen.
- To chap, as the hands.
- n. A loud lamentation made over the dead; a wailing.
- To make a loud lamentation over the dead; lament; wail.
- To wail over any loss, or in anticipation of loss.
- n. The angle to which the wire tooth of card-clothing is bent between the foundation material and the point.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a sharp cutting edge or point
- v. express grief verbally
- adj. painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
- n. a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
- adj. very good
- adj. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
- adj. intense or sharp
Middle English kene, from Old English cēne, brave.
From Irish Gaelic caoineadh, from caoninim, I lament, from Old Irish caínim, coínim, perhaps of Brittonic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Irish caoin ("keen, weep, cry"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English kene ("bold, brave, sharp"), from Old English cēne ("keen, fierce, bold, brave, warlike, powerful, learned, clever, wise"), from Proto-Germanic *kōniz (“knowledgeable, skillful, experienced, clever, capable”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenə-, *ǵnō- (“to know”). Cognate with Scots keen ("lively, brisk, avaricious"), Dutch koen ("daring, valiant, doughty, courageous"), German kühn ("bold, daring, audacious, hardy, valiant, venturesome"), Danish køn ("handsome, pretty"), Icelandic kænn ("wise, crafty, clever, able"). Related to Old English cunnan ("to know how to, be able to"). More at cunning, can. (Wiktionary)