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  • adj. comparative form of keen: more keen
  • n. One who keens at a funeral.
  • n. Someone who is excessively keen or eager, possibly making others look bad; a brown-noser.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A professional mourner who wails at a funeral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who keens; especially, a woman who keens or wails as a hired or professional mourner at wakes and funerals. See keen, verb


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  • He was an adorable boy, his expression keener and more changeable than that of the changeling.

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • It would be difficult to explain what the change was, but it forcibly struck Alain: the air was more dignified, the expression keener; there was a look of conscious power and command about the man even at that distance; the intense, concentrated intelligence of his eye, his firm lip, his marked features, his projecting, massive brow, would have impressed a very ordinary observer.

    The Parisians — Volume 01

  • The more absolutely he fails, the higher, it is probable, he will reckon his own merits; and the keener will be the sense of injury in that he whose work is of so high a nature cannot get bread, while they whose tasks are mean are lapped in luxury.

    An Autobiography

  • The hotter the opposition the keener will be the support.

    The Way We Live Now

  • The closer the connection has been, the keener is the loss.


  • Months passed; Nancy was tormented by a desire for expression keener than ever and the sense that until she had some knowledge of actual life she would write nothing that was vital, nothing that was true.


  • In fact, the more plentiful and cheap is capital, the keener will be the demand for the labour of the workers.

    International Finance

  • The more his work was praised, the more his friends talked of honors and planned his future, the keener was his suffering, and most of all there was the shadow that had come between him and his father, breaking the old comradeship, and causing them to shun each other; though the father never knew why.

    The Shepherd of the Hills

  • The more pains he takes with these processes, naturally the keener will be his enjoyment of them.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • The more vividly I could do this, the keener was the pleasure I was able to obtain from their contemplated embraces.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 Sexual Inversion


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