keen Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "keen" - English Dictionary

See all translations

keenadjective

uk   us   /kiːn/

keen adjective (EAGER)

B1 very interested, eager, or wanting (to do) something very much: They were very keen to start work as soon as possible. Joan wanted to go to a movie but I wasn't keen (= I didn't want to go). She's a keen tennis player She's keen on (playing) tennis.UK My son's mad keen on cycling. He's rather keen on a girl in his school (= he is very attracted to her).
More examples

keen adjective (STRONG)

extreme or very strong: Many people are taking a keen interest (= a very great interest) in the result of the vote.C1 very good or well developed: a keen sense of smell

keen adjective (SHARP)

literary very sharp: a keen north wind
keenly
adverb uk   us   /ˈkiːn.li/
They are keenly (= extremely) aware that this will be their last chance to succeed.

keenverb [I]

uk   us   /kiːn/ literary
to make a loud, long, sad sound, especially because someone has died
keenness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈkiːn.nəs/
the quality of being keen
(Definition of keen from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of keen?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “keen” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
lap

to go past someone in a race who has been round the track one less time than you

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More