eager

With eager, think "ready," "excited," "can't wait." An eager beaver is someone who, like the hard working beaver, is up at dawn and ready to get to work.

Eager derives from old words meaning "sharp, pungent or keen," and eager carries that sense of sharpness still. In fact, being overeager is a criticism; someone overeager is likely to make a mistake because they are moving too quickly or not thinking things through before they act.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: eager

1
adj
having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy
2
n
a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: eager
1

adj having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy

eager to learn”
eager to travel abroad”
eager for success”
eager helpers”
“an eager look”
Synonyms:
agog
anxious, dying
eagerly desirous
hot
having or showing great eagerness or enthusiasm
impatient, raring
(usually followed by `to') full of eagerness
overeager
excessively eager
enthusiastic
having or showing great excitement and interest
Antonyms:
uneager
lacking interest or spirit or animation
reluctant
not eager
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n a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

Synonyms:
aegir, bore, eagre, tidal bore
Type of:
tidal current, tidal flow
the water current caused by the tides
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