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definition of the word keen

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Old English cēne 'bold, brave' < Proto-Germanic *kōnjaz

keen (comparative keener, superlative keenest)




  1. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.
    "A bow he bare and arwes [arrows] bright and kene." -Chaucer.
    "That my keen knife see not the wound it makes." -Shak.
  2. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.
    "To make our wits more keen." -Shak.
    "Before the keen inquiry of her thought." -Cowper.
  3. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
    "Good father cardinal, cry thou amen to my keen curses." -Shak.
  4. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
    "Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes." -Goldsmith.
  5. Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
    "Of full keen will." -Piers Plowman.
    "So keen and greedy to confound a man." -Shak.

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