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English adjective: keen

1. keen having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions


SamplesAn 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.


Synonymsacute, discriminating, incisive, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp


Similarperceptive


Antonymsunperceiving, unperceptive

2. keen intense or sharp


SamplesSuffered exquisite pain.
Felt exquisite pleasure.


Synonymsexquisite


Similarintense


Antonymsmild

3. keen very good


SamplesHe did a bully job.
A neat sports car.
Had a great time at the party.
You look simply smashing.


Synonymsbang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell


Similargood


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsbad

4. keen painful as if caused by a sharp instrument


SamplesA cutting wind.
Keen winds.
Knifelike cold.
Piercing knifelike pains.
Piercing cold.
Piercing criticism.
A stabbing pain.
Lancinating pain.


Synonymscutting, knifelike, lancinate, lancinating, piercing, stabbing


Similarsharp


Antonymsdull

5. keen having a sharp cutting edge or point


SamplesA keen blade.


Similarsharp


Antonymsdull


English noun: keen

1. keen (communication) a funeral lament sung with loud wailing


Broader (hypernym)coronach, dirge, lament, requiem, threnody


Domain regionEmerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland


English verb: keen

1. keen (emotion) express grief verbally


SamplesWe lamented the death of the child.


Synonymslament


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)express emotion, express feelings


Entailgrieve, sorrow









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