AskDefine | Define eagerness

Dictionary Definition

eagerness n : a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something [syn: avidity, avidness, keenness]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The state or quality of being eager; ardent desire.
    • 1909: Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
      The things he had to tell about...were enough to make you almost tremble with excitement, when you heard all the intimate details from an animal charmer and realized with what thrilling eagerness and anxiety the whole busy underworld was working.
  2. Tartness; sourness

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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