I. adjective Etymology: Middle English kene brave, sharp, from Old English cēne brave; akin to Old High German kuoni brave Date: 13th century 1. a. having a fine edge or point ; sharp b. affecting one as if by cutting <
keen sarcasm
c. pungent to the sense <
a keen scent
2. a. (1) showing a quick and ardent responsiveness ; enthusiastic <
a keen swimmer
(2) eager <
was keen to begin
b. of emotion or feeling intense <
the keen delight in the chase — F. W. Maitland
3. a. intellectually alert ; having or characteristic of a quick penetrating mind <
a keen student
a keen awareness of the problem
; also shrewdly astute b. sharply contested <
keen debate
c. extremely sensitive in perception <
keen eyes
4. wonderful, excellent Synonyms: see sharp, eagerkeenly adverbkeenness noun II. noun Date: 1830 a lamentation for the dead uttered in a loud wailing voice or sometimes in a wordless cry III. verb Etymology: Irish caoinim I lament, weep Date: 1845 intransitive verb 1. a. to lament with a keen b. to make a sound suggestive of a keen 2. to lament, mourn, or complain loudly transitive verb to utter by keening • keener noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Keen — (k[=e]n), a. [Compar. {Keener} (k[=e]n [ e]r); superl. {Keenest}.] [OE. kene sharp, bold, AS. c[=e]ne bold; akin to D. koen, OHG. kuoni, G. k[ u]hn, OSw. kyn, k[ o]n, Icel. k[ae]nn, for k[oe]nn wise; perh. akin to E. ken, can to be able. [root]45 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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