adjective, keener, keenest.
finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily:
a keen razor.
sharp, piercing, or biting:
a keen wind; keen satire.
characterized by strength and distinctness of perception; extremely sensitive or responsive:
keen eyes; keen ears.
having or showing great mental penetration or acumen:
keen reasoning; a keen mind.
animated by or showing strong feeling or desire:
intense, as feeling or desire:
keen ambition; keen jealousy.
eager; interested; enthusiastic (often followed by about, on, etc., or an infinitive):
She is really keen on going swimming.
Slang. great; wonderful; marvelous.
eager or enthusiastic
(postpositive) foll by on. fond (of); devoted (to): keen on a girl, keen on golf
intellectually acute: a keen wit
(of sight, smell, hearing, etc) capable of recognizing fine distinctions
having a sharp cutting edge or point
extremely cold and penetrating: a keen wind
intense or strong: a keen desire
(mainly Brit) extremely low so as to be competitive: keen prices
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) very good
to lament the dead
a dirge or lament for the dead
1520s, from keen (adj.) + -ness.
c.1200, from Old English cene “bold brave,” later “clever, wise,” from Proto-Germanic *kan- “be able to” (see can). Original prehistoric senses seem to have been both “brave” and “skilled;” cognate with Old Norse kænn “skillful, wise,” Middle Dutch coene “bold,” Dutch koen, Old High German kuon “pugnacious, strong,” German kühn “bold, daring.” Sense of “eager” is from mid-14c. The meaning “sharp” is peculiar to English: of blades and edges early 13c., of sounds c.1400, of eyesight c.1720. A popular word of approval in teenager and student slang from c.1900.
“lament,” 1811, from Irish caoinim “I weep, wail, lament,” from Old Irish coinim “I wail.” Related: Keened; keening. As a noun from 1830.
Excellent; wonderful; neat: I think she’s a keen kid/ ”Keen?” Blanche said. ”I haven’t heard that word in 20 years” (1900+ Teenagers & students)
[keep] /kip/ verb (used with object), kept, keeping. 1. to hold or retain in one’s possession; hold as one’s own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change. 2. to hold or have the use of for a period of time: You can keep it for the summer. 3. to hold in a given […]
- Keep abreast of
Stay or cause to stay up-to-date with, as in He’s keeping abreast of the latest weather reports, or Please keep me abreast of any change in his condition. This term alludes to the nautical sense of abreast, which describes ships keeping up with each other. [ Late 1600s ]
- Keep after
Make a persistent effort regarding; also, persistently urge someone to do something. For example, We’ll have to keep after the cobwebs , or He won’t get anything done unless you keep after him . Also see keep at , def. 2.
- Keep a low profile
verb phrase To stay inconspicuous; try not to attract much attention: Better keep a low profile until this blows over [1975+; originally a military term, based on the idea of offering a small target; low profile is found by the 1960s] Stay out of public notice, avoid attracting attention to oneself. For example, Until his […]