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Having or showing eagerness or enthusiasm
“Hamish and his wife, Lesley, were expert fly fishers and keen gardeners.”
Sharp, piercing
“The magazines are spoken of with keen derision.”
Having or showing great perception or insight
“The new leader will have to display strength of character, sturdiness of will, a keen intellect, a sense of humour and an ability to relate to the people of Scotland.”
Having an edge thin enough to cut or pierce something
“The long blades were keen and the handles were sky blue with a silver pommel and cross-guard.”
Able to sense slight impressions or differences
“He is powerfully built, but lithe and well balanced, with a light footed, smooth and graceful gait, has a keen sense of smell and is well able to point, set and retrieve.”
Extreme in degree, power, or effect
“Graham forces the viewer to experience, at one and the same time, two intensely contrary feelings - deadpan irony and keen longing.”
Of the very best kind
“… that new digital camera sure is keen.”
Fond of
“I had been a keen birdwatcher since I was a boy.”
“Gone was Friday's bright sunshine, replaced by cloud and a keen wind that made hardy souls of those camped out overnight outside Westminster Abbey or along The Mall.”
“She is not too keen on the boys in her class and thinks there is no hope for them.”
“He's been a keen supporter all his life.”
Wail in grief for a dead person
“… victims of the disaster have been keening for weeks about the slowness of governmental aid.”
A crying out in grief
“… the loud keens of the widows were heard throughout the war-ravaged city.”
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