A Word A Day : Keen

Tuesday, 16th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : ke-een

1. Finely tuned and able to sense minor differences, distinctions, or details

2. Intense and lively

3. Having a sharp cutting edge ( literary )

4. Cold and penetrating

5. Quick to understand things

6. Eager and willing to do something


Middle English kene, from Old English cne, brave


Sharp, Strong, Deep, Intense, Acute, Powerful, Profound, Extreme, Ardent, Lively, Razor Sharp, Sharpened, Sharp-Edged, Whetted, Bright, Steely, Well-Honed, Competitive, Low, Cheap, Attractive, Affordable, Effective, Sensitive, Precise, Accurate, Perceptive, Responsive, Finely Honed, Finely Tuned, Well-Developed, Eager, Enthusiastic, Fanatical, Willing, Desirous, Dedicated, Devoted, Zealous, Earnest, Icy, Bitter, Cold, Chilly, Wintry, Freezing, Glacial, Biting, Penetrating, Quick, Clever, Alert, Intelligent, Astute


Mild, Blunt, Prohibitive, Insensitive, Indifferent, Dull

Contextual Examples:

• Restrain also the keen fury of my heart which provokes me to tread the ways of blood-curdling strife.

• It's awfully decent of him to let me go with him, but he didn't seem very keen about it.

Related Words :

1. Keenly: Adverb

2. Keenness: Noun

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