keen


keen
{{11}}keen (adj.) c.1200, from O.E. cene "bold brave," later "clever, wise," from P.Gmc. *kan- "be able to" (see CAN (Cf. can)). Original prehistoric senses seem to have been both "brave" and "skilled;" cognate with O.N. kænn "skillful, wise," M.Du. coene "bold," Du. koen, O.H.G. kuon "pugnacious, strong," Ger. 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.
{{12}}keen (v.) "lament," 1811, from Ir. caoinim "I weep, wail, lament," from O.Ir. coinim "I wail." Related: Keened; keening. As a noun from 1830.

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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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  • keen — keen1 [kēn] adj. [ME kene < OE cene, wise, learned, akin to Ger kühn, bold < IE base * ĝen , to KNOW: the principal senses spring from the basic notion “capable”] 1. having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well [a keen knife, a keen… …   English World dictionary

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  • keen — Ⅰ. keen [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) eager; enthusiastic. 2) (keen on) interested in or attracted by. 3) (of a blade) sharp. 4) mentally acute or quick. 5) Brit. (of prices) very low; competitive …   English terms dictionary


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