(Old English) egre sharp, sour, eager, (Old French) agre, aigre, (French) aigre, from (Latin) acer sharp, sour, spirited, zealous; akin to (Greek) a point; from a root signifying to be sharp. Confer Acrid, Edge.
1. Sharp; sour; acid. (obsolete) "Like eager droppings into milk." (Shakespeare)2. Sharp; keen; bitter; severe. (obsolete) "A nipping and an eager air." "Eager words." (Shakespeare)3. Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement; as, the hounds were eager in the chase. And gazed for tidings in my eager eyes. (Shakespeare) How eagerly ye follow my disgraces! (Shakespeare) When to her eager lips is brought Her infant's thrilling kiss. Keble. A crowd of eager and curious schoolboys. Hawthorne. Conceit and grief an eager combat fight. (Shakespeare)4. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile. (obsolete) Gold will be sometimes so eager, as artists call it, that it will as little endure the hammer as glass itself. Locke.
Same as Eagre.
See Earnest. Eager marks an excited state of desire or passion; thus a child is eager for a plaything a hungry man is eager for food a covetous man is eager for gain. Eagerness is liable to frequent abuses and is good or bad as the case may be. It relates to what is praiseworthy or the contrary. Earnest denotes a permanent state of mind feeling or sentiment. It is always taken in a good sense; as a preacher is earnest in his appeals to the conscience; an agent is earnest in his solicitations.
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eager (plural eagers) Alternative form of eagre (tidal bore).
Adjective eager (comparative eagerer, superlative eagerest) (obsolete) Sharp; sour; acid. Shakespeare like eager droppings into milk (obsolete) Sharp; keen; bitter; severe. Shakespeare eager words Shakespeare a nipping and an eager air (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement. Keble When to her eager lips is brought / Her infant's thrilling kiss. Hawthorne a crowd of eager and curious schoolboys 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, The China Governess: When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. . The captive made no resistance and came not only quietly but in a series of eager little rushes like a timid dog on a choke chain. The hounds were eager in the chase. I was eager to show my teacher how much I'd learned over the holidays. You stayed up all night to get to the front of the queue. You must be very eager to get tickets. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile. John Locke Gold will be sometimes so eager, as artists call it, that it will as little endure the hammer as glass itself. (computing theory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required. an eager algorithm
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