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WordNet 2.0
  • a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
  • express grief verbally
  • "we lamented the death of the child"
  • having a sharp cutting edge or point
  • "a keen blade"
  • as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
  • "a cutting wind"
  • "keen winds"
  • "knifelike cold"
  • "piercing knifelike pains"
  • "piercing cold"
  • "piercing criticism"
  • "a stabbing pain"
  • "lancinating pain"
  • very good
  • "he did a bully job"
  • "a neat sports car"
  • "had a great time at the party"
  • "you look simply smashing"
  • very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation
  • "an incisive mind"
  • "a keen intelligence"
  • "of sharp and active intellect"
  • intense or sharp
  • "suffered exquisite pain"
  • "felt exquisite pleasure"
  • having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  • "an acute observer of politics and politicians"
  • "incisive comments"
  • "icy knifelike reasoning"
  • "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"
  • "penetrating insight"
  • "frequent pene
keen
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.

    "A bow he bare and arwes [arrows] bright and kene." -- Chaucer.

    "That my keen knife see not the wound it makes." -- Shak.

    2. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.

    "To make our wits more keen." -- Shak.

    "Before the keen inquiry of her thought." -- Cowper.

    3. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.

    "Good father cardinal, cry thou amen To my keen curses." -- Shak.

    4. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc.; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.

    "Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes." -- Goldsmith.

    5. Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite. "Of full kene will." Piers Plowman.

    "So keen and greedy to confound a man." -- Shak.

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    Keen is often used in the composition of words, most of which are of obvious signification; as, keen-edged, keen-eyed, keen-sighted, keen-witted, etc.

    Syn. -- Prompt; eager; ardent; sharp; acute; cutting; penetrating; biting; severe; sarcastic; satirical; piercing; shrewd.

  • 1. To sharpen; to make cold. [R.]

    "Cold winter keens the brightening flood." -- Thomson.

  • 1. A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach. [Ireland] Froude.

  • 1. To wail as a keener does. [Ireland]

 

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