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English Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 1 vote

  1. keen

    Acute, from the Latin, suggests the sharpness of the needle's point; keen, from the Saxon, the sharpness of the cutting edge. Astute, from the Latin, with the original sense of cunning has come to have a meaning that combines the sense of acute or keen with that of sagacious. The astute mind adds to acuteness and keenness an element of cunning or finesse. The astute debater leads his opponents into a snare by getting them to make admissions, or urge arguments, of which he sees a result that they do not perceive. The acute, keen intellect may take no special advantage of these qualities; the astute mind has always a point to make for itself, and seldom fails to make it. A knowing look, air, etc., in general indicates practical knowledge with a touch of shrewdness, and perhaps of cunning; in regard to some special matter, it indicates the possession of reserved knowledge which the person could impart if he chose. Knowing has often a slightly invidious sense. We speak of a knowing rascal, meaning cunning or shrewd within a narrow range, but of a knowing horse or dog, in the sense of sagacious, implying that he knows more than could be expected of such an animal. A knowing child has more knowledge than would be looked for at his years, perhaps more than is quite desirable, while to speak of a child as intelligent is altogether complimentary.

    Synonyms:
    acute, astute, clear-sighted, crafty, cunning, discerning, discriminating, knowing, penetrating, penetrative, perspicacious, sagacious, sharp, shrewd, subtile, subtle

    Antonyms:
    blind, dull, idiotic, imbecile, shallow, short-sighted, stolid, stupid, undiscerning, unintelligent

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. keen

    Synonyms:
    eager, vehement, sharp, piercing, penetrating, acute, cutting, biting, severe, sarcastic, satirical, ardent, prompt, shrewd

    Antonyms:
    indifferent, languid, blunt, dull, blind

Princeton's WordNet3.8 / 19 votes

  1. keenadjective

    a funeral lament sung with loud wailing

    Antonyms:
    dull, unperceiving, mild, unperceptive, bad

  2. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharpadjective

    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

    "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"

    Synonyms:
    intense, penetrative, discriminating, shrill, neat, sharp, shrewd, lancinating, nifty, sharp-worded, not bad(p), bang-up, astute, incisive, acuate, dandy, tart, smashing, cutting, bully, precipitous, needlelike, slap-up, abrupt, lancinate, knifelike, corking, exquisite, groovy, great, acute, piercing, penetrating, swell, cracking, crisp, stabbing, peachy

    Antonyms:
    dull, bad, mild, unperceiving, unperceptive

  3. exquisite, keenadjective

    intense or sharp

    "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"

    Synonyms:
    incisive, slap-up, cracking, neat, sharp, lancinating, dainty, cutting, swell, knifelike, great, nifty, not bad(p), discriminating, bang-up, smashing, groovy, acute, corking, penetrating, recherche, exquisite, lancinate, piercing, bully, dandy, peachy, stabbing, penetrative

    Antonyms:
    dull, unperceptive, mild, unperceiving, bad

  4. bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashingadjective

    very good

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

    Antonyms:
    dull, mild, unperceiving, unperceptive, bad

  5. cutting, keen, knifelike, piercing, stabbing, lancinate, lancinatingadjective

    painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

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

    Synonyms:
    slap-up, cracking, neat, sharp, lancinating, wounding, incisive, cutting, peachy, swell, knifelike, corking, bully, dandy, nifty, smashing, not bad(p), raw, discriminating, bang-up, acute, groovy, lancinate, stinging, edged, exquisite, penetrating, piercing, bleak, great, stabbing, penetrative

    Antonyms:
    dull, bad, unperceptive, unperceiving, mild

  6. keenverb

    having a sharp cutting edge or point

    "a keen blade"

    Synonyms:
    slap-up, cracking, neat, sharp, lancinating, incisive, cutting, swell, knifelike, great, nifty, not bad(p), discriminating, bang-up, smashing, groovy, acute, corking, penetrating, exquisite, lancinate, piercing, bully, dandy, peachy, stabbing, penetrative

    Antonyms:
    dull, bad, unperceptive, unperceiving, mild

  7. lament, keenverb

    express grief verbally

    "we lamented the death of the child"

    Synonyms:
    lament, deplore, bemoan, bewail

    Antonyms:
    dull, mild, bad, unperceiving, unperceptive

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. keenadjective

    Synonyms:
    eager, zealous, ardent, earnest, fervid, vehement

  2. keenadjective

    Synonyms:
    sharp, acute, with a fine edge

  3. keenadjective

    Synonyms:
    piercing, penetrating, cutting

  4. keenadjective

    Synonyms:
    severe, bitter, poignant, acrimonious, caustic

  5. keenadjective

    Synonyms:
    shrewd, discerning, quick, sagacious, astute, keen-sighted, keen-eyed, clear-sighted, long-headed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. keenadjective

    Synonyms:
    sharp, acute, trenchant, penetrating, shrewd, astute, discerning, piercing, poignant, excruciating, a crimonious, mordacious, bitter, intense, severe, eager, ardent, ravenous, vehement

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How to use keen in a sentence?

  1. Heuer Chief Executive Jean-Claude Biver:

    Many Swiss watch brands are not keen on partnerships. We were keen because I believed that my price range could be hit by the competition of smartwatches.

  2. The Saudi source:

    Saudi Arabia is keen to see an improvement in the oil market and accelerate the balancing process, and expects other producers to do the same, while supply is not increasing except from exempt countries such as Libya and Nigeria, demand is picking up and we are starting to see inventory draws in total petroleum stocks in recent weeks.

  3. Dharmendra Malik:

    If the government is keen to ensure that the agitation ends, it should concede our demands. That will be a sure-shot way to end the protest.

  4. Alen Wu:

    We now are currently doing research - doing our homework - in terms of entering other European markets, such as Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine, the past couple of days we have had a lot of talks with carriers and retailers, and they are all very keen to start extensive collaboration with OPPO.

  5. South African golfer Charl Schwartzel:

    I am hugely disappointed to be missing out on the SA Open, everybody knows how keen I am to win our national Open and, having come so close the last couple of years and following my good form at Leopard Creek, I was really looking forward to contending at Glendower.


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