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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English cēne 'bold, brave' < Proto-Germanic *kōnjaz

Alternative spellings

Adjective

keen (comparative keen, superlative er)

Positive
keen

Comparative
keen

Superlative
er

  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 keen will." -Piers Plowman.
    "So keen and greedy to confound a man." -Shak.
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Usage notes

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.

Verb

Infinitive
to keen

Third person singular
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Simple past
-

Past participle
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Present participle
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to keen (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To sharpen; to make cold. [R.]
    "Cold winter keens the brightening flood." -Thomson.

Etymology 2

Irish caoin 'keen, weep, cry'

Noun

Singular
keen

Plural
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  1. A prolonged wail for a deceased person.

Verb

Infinitive
to keen

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to keen (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To utter a keen.
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