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  • n. Plural form of keen.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of keen.


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  • I'm in chapter eleven, and so far I adore this book. * keens and rocks and clutches it close*

    a complex and sometimes lethal machine

  • "Grounds for Divorce", for example, keens, yearns and growls, Garvey smashing a snare drum as the crowd whoa-oh along.

    Elbow – review

  • The criminal psychiatrist who keens with the victims and absorbs the mantle of the murderers, cloaks himself in their hatreds and spites, their pathologies, mimics them, imagines himself them, even if he is incapable of forming attachments to women he desires.

    A Life And Death in CCTV

  • Every time the noise died away, Fareed would let go with another of his patented keens.

    The Black Madonna

  • Part love story and part elegy for the terrible choices we must often make to survive, My Enemy's Cradle keens for what we lose in war and sings for the hope we sometimes find.

    My Enemy's Cradle: Summary and book reviews of My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young.

  • She observed the wailing child for the first couple of moments helplessly until one of the more piercing keens jarred her into a sense of action.

    The Good Unicorn « A Fly in Amber

  • Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she's hurtin' 'fore she keens.

    Better Things for Better Living or Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky

  • She keens more toward the obvious and literal aspects of the work.

    Cold Dark Matter

  • In the midrashic retelling, Rebekah said to him: “Your brother keens over you as a dead person, he receives consolation for you, and already is drinking the cup of consolation for you.”

    Rebekah: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • Hodgman says, Antony's voice "keens in the upper registers, somewhere between male and female, between childish innocence and weary adulthood, at once ethereal and earthy."

    Antony Hegarty's Otherworldly Sound


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