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Meaning & Definition of Keen in English

English

Keen

/kin/

noun

1. A funeral lament sung with loud wailing

    synonym:
  • keen

verb

1. Express grief verbally

  • "We lamented the death of the child"
    synonym:
  • lament
  • ,
  • keen

adjective

1. Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

  • "An acute observer of politics and politicians"
  • "Incisive comments"
  • "Icy knifelike reasoning"
  • "As sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"
  • "Penetrating insight"
  • "Frequent penetrative observations"
    synonym:
  • acute
  • ,
  • discriminating
  • ,
  • incisive
  • ,
  • keen
  • ,
  • knifelike
  • ,
  • penetrating
  • ,
  • penetrative
  • ,
  • piercing
  • ,
  • sharp

2. Intense or sharp

  • "Suffered exquisite pain"
  • "Felt exquisite pleasure"
    synonym:
  • exquisite
  • ,
  • keen

3. Very good

  • "He did a bully job"
  • "A neat sports car"
  • "Had a great time at the party"
  • "You look simply smashing"
    synonym:
  • bang-up
  • ,
  • bully
  • ,
  • corking
  • ,
  • cracking
  • ,
  • dandy
  • ,
  • great
  • ,
  • groovy
  • ,
  • keen
  • ,
  • neat
  • ,
  • nifty
  • ,
  • not bad(p)
  • ,
  • peachy
  • ,
  • slap-up
  • ,
  • swell
  • ,
  • smashing

4. Painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

  • "A cutting wind"
  • "Keen winds"
  • "Knifelike cold"
  • "Piercing knifelike pains"
  • "Piercing cold"
  • "Piercing criticism"
  • "A stabbing pain"
  • "Lancinating pain"
    synonym:
  • cutting
  • ,
  • keen
  • ,
  • knifelike
  • ,
  • piercing
  • ,
  • stabbing
  • ,
  • lancinate
  • ,
  • lancinating

5. Having a sharp cutting edge or point

  • "A keen blade"
    synonym:
  • keen

Examples of using

Are you very keen about going with them?