Keen

Definition of Keen

Pronunciation: kēn
a.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.
So keen and greedy to confound a man.
- Shak.
6.Wonderful; delightful; marvelous; as, that would be keen.
v. t.1.To sharpen; to make cold.
n.1.A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach.
v. i.1.To wail as a keener does.

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