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Definition of Keen


  1. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.
  2. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.
  3. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
  4. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc, ; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
  5. Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
  6. To sharpen; to make cold.
  7. A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach.
  8. To wail as a keener does.

Keen Quotations

It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
Samuel Adams

Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.
Nelson Mandela

I don't like dirt. Cleanliness is high on my agenda, but I don't have a phobia of dirt. I'm just not keen on it. I don't really like dirty people or houses or smelly things.
Keeley Hawes

I'm obviously very keen on the theater and I think it's inevitable that some of the orchestral and chamber pieces have got dramatic elements which might even suggest an unspecified dramatic plot of some kind or other, even though it's not in my mind at the time.
Peter Maxwell Davies

Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion. - John Burroughs
Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.
John Burroughs
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Keen Translations

keen in Afrikaans is lewendig
keen in Danish is livlig
keen in Dutch is kras, rap, levendig, kwiek, druk
keen in German is scharf, eifrig
keen in Italian is ansioso, nitido
keen in Latin is acer
keen in Norwegian is skarp, ivrig
keen in Portuguese is afiado
keen in Spanish is acre, ganoso
keen in Swedish is skarpsinnig, skarp, vass, ivrig
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