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KEEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does keen mean? 

KEEN (noun)
  The noun KEEN has 1 sense:

1. a funeral lament sung with loud wailing

  Familiarity information: KEEN used as a noun is very rare.


KEEN (adjective)
  The adjective KEEN has 5 senses:

1. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
2. intense or sharp
3. very good
4. as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
5. having a sharp cutting edge or point

  Familiarity information: KEEN used as an adjective is common.


KEEN (verb)
  The verb KEEN has 1 sense:

1. express grief verbally

  Familiarity information: KEEN used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


KEEN (noun)


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Meaning:

A funeral lament sung with loud wailing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("keen" is a kind of...):

coronach; dirge; lament; requiem; threnody (a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person)

Domain region:

Emerald Isle; Hibernia; Ireland (an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland)


KEEN (adjective)


Sense 1keen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

Synonyms:

piercing; penetrative; penetrating; keen; incisive; knifelike; discriminating; acute; sharp

Context examples:

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 penetrative observations

Similar:

perceptive (having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment)


Sense 2keen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Intense or sharp

Synonyms:

exquisite; keen

Context examples:

suffered exquisite pain / felt exquisite pleasure

Similar:

intense (in an extreme degree)


Sense 3keen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very good

Synonyms:

smashing; slap-up; nifty; not bad; groovy; swell; dandy; cracking; corking; bully; bang-up; peachy; keen; great; neat

Context examples:

he did a bully job / a neat sports car / had a great time at the party / you look simply smashing

Similar:

good (having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 4keen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

As physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

Synonyms:

lancinating; lancinate; stabbing; knifelike; cutting; piercing; keen

Context examples:

a cutting wind / keen winds / knifelike cold / piercing knifelike pains / piercing cold / piercing criticism / a stabbing pain / lancinating pain

Similar:

sharp (keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point)


Sense 5keen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a sharp cutting edge or point

Context example:

a keen blade

Similar:

sharp (having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing)


KEEN (verb)


Sense 1keen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express grief verbally

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

keen; lament

Context example:

we lamented the death of the child

Hypernyms (to "keen" is one way to...):

express emotion; express feelings (give verbal or other expression to one's feelings)

"Keen" entails doing...:

grieve; sorrow (feel grief; eat one's heart out)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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