- keen1 W3S3 [ki:n] adj▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(want something)¦2¦(like)¦3¦(hobby/interest)¦4¦(eager to work/learn)¦5¦(sight/smell/hearing)¦6¦(mind)¦7¦(feeling)¦8¦(competition)¦9¦(attracted)¦10¦(sharp)¦11¦(wind)¦12¦(prices)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: cene]1.) ¦(WANT SOMETHING)¦especially BrE wanting to do something or wanting something to happen very much= ↑eager keen to do sth▪ He told Hayling that he was keen to help.keen on doing sth▪ I wasn't keen on going there on my own.keen for sth to happen▪ The government is keen for peace talks to start again soon.keen that▪ The chairman is keen that the company should expand its product range.2.) ¦(LIKE)¦be keen on sb/sthBrE spoken to like someone or something▪ I'm not keen on cabbage.not too/not very/not that keen on sth▪ She likes Biology, but she's not too keen on Physics.▪ My flatmates want to have a party, but I'm not keen on the idea .3.) ¦(HOBBY/INTEREST)¦especially BrE someone who is keen on something is very interested in it or enjoys doing it very much▪ a keen photographer▪ keen golferskeen on▪ Daniel's very keen on tennis.mad keen on sth(=very keen on something) spoken▪ I was mad keen on dinosaurs when I was little.▪ She takes a keen interest in politics and current affairs.4.) ¦(EAGER TO WORK/LEARN)¦someone who is keen is eager to work or learn and enjoys doing it▪ keen students▪ The kids in my class are all very keen.▪ She was new in the job and keen as mustard (=very keen) .5.) ¦(SIGHT/SMELL/HEARING)¦a keen sense of smell or keen sight or hearing is an extremely good ability to smell etc▪ Dogs have a very keen sense of smell.▪ She has a keen eye for (=is good at noticing) talent.6.) ¦(MIND)¦someone with a keen mind is quick to understand things▪ a keen understanding of commerce▪ With her keen mind and good business sense, she soon became noticed.7.) ¦(FEELING)¦a keen feeling is one that is strong and deep▪ As she walked away, Joe felt a keen sense of loss.8.) ¦(COMPETITION)¦used to describe a situation in which people compete strongly▪ We won the contest in the face of keen competition .9.) ¦(ATTRACTED)¦BrE be keen on sbto be sexually attracted to someone10.)¦(SHARP)¦literary a keen knife or blade is extremely sharp11.) ¦(WIND)¦old-fashioned a keen wind is cold and strong12.) ¦(PRICES)¦BrE keen prices are low>keenly adv▪ I was keenly aware of the dangers.>keenness n [U]keen 2keen2 v[i]old use to sing a loud, sad song for someone who has died
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.