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1. keen

adjective. ['ˈkiːn'] having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions.

Synonyms

  • knifelike
  • penetrative
  • acute
  • piercing
  • incisive
  • perceptive
  • penetrating
  • sharp

Antonyms

  • wicked
  • unrighteous
  • unworthy
  • wrong

Etymology

  • caoin (Irish)
  • caín (Old Irish (to 900))
  • kene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • cene (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Rhymes with Keen

  • nitrosomine
  • trampoline
  • mujahideen
  • mujahedeen
  • bodenstein
  • valentin
  • unforeseen
  • sunscreen
  • submachine
  • seventeen
  • reconvene
  • propylene
  • poliquin
  • peloquin
  • norma-jean
  • marroquin
  • geraldine
  • circumvene
  • bornstein
  • benyamin
  • barentine
  • aquamarine
  • wolverine
  • thomasine
  • tangerine
  • tambourine
  • submarine
  • st_jean
  • smithereen
  • sixteen

How do you pronounce keen?

Pronounce keen as kin.

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Sentences with keen


1. Adjective
Not only does exercise keep him in shape but it stimulates his keen little mind, as well.

2. Verb, base form
Many custodians aren't keen on running self-directed IRAs, so you need to find one who's game.

Quotes about keen


1. Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
- Napoleon Hill

2. My mother hoped I would meet a nice doctor or barrister or accountant who would marry me and take me to live in what is now called Fashionable Dublin Four. But she felt that this was a vain hope. I was a bit loud to make a nice professional wife, and anyway, I was too keen on spending my holidays in far flung places to meet any of these people.
- Maeve Binchy

3. Yes, I was infatuated with you: I am still. No one has ever heightened such a keen capacity of physical sensation in me. I cut you out because I couldn't stand being a passing fancy. Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. And you weren't having any of those.
- Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

2. keen-sighted

adjective. having very keen vision.

Synonyms

  • hawk-eyed
  • sharp-sighted
  • lynx-eyed
  • quick-sighted
  • sighted
  • sharp-eyed

Antonyms

  • stone-blind
  • visually impaired
  • near-blind
  • colour-blind

3. keen-eyed

adjective. having keen eyesight.

Synonyms

  • sharp-eyed

Antonyms

  • blind
  • unperceptive

4. keen-sighted

adjective. capable of seeing to a great distance.

Synonyms

  • farseeing
  • eagle-eyed
  • longsighted
  • presbyopic

Antonyms

  • unalert
  • unperceptive
  • eyeless
  • improvident

5. keen

adjective. ['ˈkiːn'] painful as if caused by a sharp instrument.

Synonyms

  • lancinating
  • cutting
  • piercing
  • stabbing
  • lancinate
  • sharp

Antonyms

  • worse
  • unfavorable
  • unrespectable
  • worst

Etymology

  • caoin (Irish)
  • caín (Old Irish (to 900))
  • kene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • cene (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. keen

noun. ['ˈkiːn'] a funeral lament sung with loud wailing.

Synonyms

  • threnody
  • coronach
  • requiem
  • lament

Antonyms

  • malignancy
  • maleficence
  • immorality
  • malignity

Etymology

  • caoin (Irish)
  • caín (Old Irish (to 900))
  • kene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • cene (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

7. keen

adjective. ['ˈkiːn'] intense or sharp.

Synonyms

  • intense

Antonyms

  • immoral
  • evilness

Etymology

  • caoin (Irish)
  • caín (Old Irish (to 900))
  • kene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • cene (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

8. keen

adjective. ['ˈkiːn'] having a sharp cutting edge or point.

Antonyms

  • disobedient

Etymology

  • caoin (Irish)
  • caín (Old Irish (to 900))
  • kene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • cene (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

9. keen

adjective. ['ˈkiːn'] very good.

Synonyms

  • slap-up
  • good
  • bully
  • bang-up
  • cracking
  • dandy
  • corking
  • groovy
  • neat
  • nifty
  • peachy
  • not bad
  • great
  • swell

Antonyms

  • export
  • import
  • natural object
  • evil

Etymology

  • caoin (Irish)
  • caín (Old Irish (to 900))
  • kene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • cene (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

10. keen

verb. ['ˈkiːn'] express grief verbally.

Synonyms

  • express feelings
  • express emotion
  • grieve
  • lament

Antonyms

  • unworthiness
  • badness
  • unsoundness
  • unskilled

Etymology

  • caoin (Irish)
  • caín (Old Irish (to 900))
  • kene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • cene (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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