Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sudden and formidable influx and surging of the tide in a high wave or waves, up a river or an estuary; a bore, as in the Severn, the Hooghly, and the Bay of Fundy.
  • Sharp; sour; acid.
  • Sharp; keen; biting; severe; bitter. [Obsolete or archaic.]
  • Sharply inclined or anxious; sharp-set; excited by ardent desire; impatiently longing; vehement; keen: as, the soldiers were eager to engage the enemy; men are eager in the pursuit of wealth; eager spirits; eager zeal.
  • Manifesting sharpness of desire or strength of feeling; marked by great earnestness: as, an eager look or manner; eager words.
  • Brittle.
  • Synonyms Fervent, fervid, warm, glowing, zealous, forward, enthusiastic, impatient, sanguine, animated.
  • To make eager; urge; incite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as eagre.
  • adjective obsolete Sharp; sour; acid.
  • adjective obsolete Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.
  • adjective Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement.
  • adjective obsolete Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative form of eagre. Tidal bore.
  • adjective obsolete sharp; sour; acid.
  • adjective obsolete sharp; keen; bitter; severe.
  • adjective this sense?) Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement.
  • adjective brittle; inflexible; not ductile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy
  • noun a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

Etymologies

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See eagre

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

Examples

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  • Right wingers on the board again eager to turn America's children in to hamburger without so much as a thought.

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  • "Under such circumstances, investors will likely remain eager to buy long-term JGBs for an extended period and the yields could extend declines," he added.

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  • Only a certain eager alertness showed the delight he took in her presence.

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  • So eager is the country to accommodate Mr. Bush that Parliament unanimously approved a bill last month allowing “American forces to engage in any kind of operation, including the use of force, in order to provide security for the president.”

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  • Plucky Anna bounces back from her ordeal the next morning, so eager is she to get a Van Gogh back to the nice lady who deserves it, but a Romanian tycoon dispatches a tiny hit woman to steal the painting away.

    Touch of Evil

  • Plucky Anna bounces back from her ordeal the next morning, so eager is she to get a Van Gogh back to the nice lady who deserves it, but a Romanian tycoon dispatches a tiny hit woman to steal the painting away.

    Touch of Evil

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