Keen - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kiːn|  American pronunciation of the word keen
Brit.  |kiːn|  British pronunciation of the word keen


- a funeral lament sung with loud wailing


- express grief verbally (syn: lament)
- having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions (syn: acute, discriminating, incisive, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp)
- intense or sharp (syn: exquisite)
- very good (syn: bang- up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, neat, nifty, old, peachy, slap- up, smashing, swell)
- painful as if caused by a sharp instrument (syn: cutting, lancinating, piercing, stabbing)
- having a sharp cutting edge or point


She's a very keen observer of the political world.

...pilots with especially keen eyesight...

...the loud keens of the widows were heard throughout the war-ravaged city...

...victims of the disaster have been keening for weeks about the slowness of governmental aid...

He's a keen chess player.

She's keen on music.

He was keen to begin classes.

He told me that he was keen to help.

I wasn't keen on going there on my own.

The government is keen for peace talks to start again.

The chairman is keen that the company should expand its product range.

I'm not keen on cabbage.

She likes Biology, but she's not too keen on Physics.

My flatmates want to have a party, but I'm not keen on the idea.

Daniel's very keen on tennis.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: keen
he/she/it: keens
present participle: keening
past tense: keened
past participle: keened
comparative: keener
superlative: keenest
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