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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


Antonymsunperceiving, unperceptive

2. keen intense or sharp

SamplesSuffered exquisite pain.
Felt exquisite pleasure.




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


Domain usagecolloquialism


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



5. keen having a sharp cutting edge or point

SamplesA keen blade.



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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)express emotion, express feelings

Entailgrieve, sorrow

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