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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: aigre, from Latin acer 'sharp'

eager

adjective
     
ea‧ger
1 very keen and excited about something that is going to happen or about something you want to do
eager to do something
I was eager to get back to work as soon as possible.
He's a bright kid and eager to learn.
She's a very hard worker and very eager to please.
A crowd of eager young students were already waiting outside.
eager for
fans eager for a glimpse of the singer
2

eager beaver

informal someone who is too keen and works harder than they should
eagerly adverb:
They're eagerly awaiting the big day.
eagerness noun [uncountable]
People were pushing each other out of the way in their eagerness to get to the front.

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