Synonyms of keen in English

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adjective

1‘his publishers were keen to capitalize on his success’

SYNONYMS
eager, anxious, impatient, determined, desirous, longing, wishing, itching, dying, yearning, ambitious, ready
intent on
informal raring
ANTONYMS

reluctant

2‘I had been a keen birdwatcher since I was a boy’

SYNONYMS
enthusiastic, avid, eager, ardent, passionate, fervent, fervid, impassioned, wholehearted, zestful, zealous, driven
willing, conscientious, committed, dedicated
diligent, earnest, industrious, assiduous, intent
ANTONYMS

apathetic, half-hearted

3‘her sisters are keen on horses’

SYNONYMS
enthusiastic about, interested in, passionate about, fascinated by
attracted to, fond of, taken with, smitten with, enamoured of, attached to, devoted to, infatuated with
eager for, hungry for
informal struck on, sweet on, gone on, mad about, crazy about, nuts about, into
North American informal twitterpated by
ANTONYMS

unenthusiastic, indifferent

4‘there is keen competition for places on these committees’

SYNONYMS
intense, acute, extreme, fierce, violent, passionate, consuming, burning, fervent, fervid, ardent
strong, powerful, profound, deep-seated

5‘a keen cutting edge’

SYNONYMS
sharp, sharp-edged, sharpened, honed, razor-like, razor-sharp, whetted, fine-edged
ANTONYMS

blunt

6‘nimble fingers and keen eyesight are required for the work’

SYNONYMS
acute, sharp, penetrating, discerning, sensitive, perceptive, piercing, clear, observant
powerful
ANTONYMS

weak, defective

7‘an able administrator with a keen mind’

SYNONYMS
acute, penetrating, astute, incisive, sharp, perceptive, piercing, rapier-like, razor-like, razor-sharp, perspicacious, shrewd, subtle, finely honed, quick-witted, sharp-witted, discerning, clever, intelligent, brilliant, bright, smart, wise, canny, percipient, insightful, sagacious, sapient
informal brainy, genius
ANTONYMS

dull, stupid

8‘the magazines are spoken of with keen derision’

SYNONYMS
cutting, scathing, mordant, caustic, withering, acerbic, stinging, searing, acid, biting, tart, astringent, pointed, trenchant, pungent, incisive, virulent, devastating
sardonic, sarcastic, satirical
rare mordacious
ANTONYMS

gentle, mild

9‘a keen wind cut through their coats’

SYNONYMS
cold, icy, freezing, harsh, raw, bitter
penetrating, piercing, biting, sharp, stinging

Synonyms of keen in English

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keen2


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verb

1‘the bereaved gathered around the graves to keen’

SYNONYMS
lament, mourn, weep, cry, sob, sorrow, grieve
wail, moan, whine, whimper, groan, howl
Scottish greet
archaic plain
rare ululate