eager

The adjective eager describes someone is excited about or impatient for something. If you want to be a doctor one day, you might be eager to dissect a frog in biology. Your squeamish friend? Not so eager.

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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2

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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