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Definition 1: a funeral lament sung with loud wailing - [noun denoting communication]

(keen is a kind of ...) a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

(keen belongs to a domain located in ...) an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Definition 2: express grief verbally - [verb of emotion]

Samples where keen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we lamented the death of the child

Synonyms for keen in the sense of this definition

(keen is a kind of ...) give verbal or other expression to one's feelings

(keen implies ...) feel grief

Definition 3: very good - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where keen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he did a bully job
  • a neat sports car
  • had a great time at the party
  • you look simply smashing
  • we had a grand old time

Synonyms for keen in the sense of this definition

(keen is similar to ...) having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified

"good news from the hospital" "a good report card" "when she was good she was very very good" "a good knife is one good for cutting" "this stump will make a good picnic table" "a good check" "a good joke" "a good exterior paint" "a good secretary" "a good dress for the office"

(keen is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 4: intense or sharp - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where keen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • suffered exquisite pain
  • felt exquisite pleasure

Synonyms for keen in the sense of this definition

(keen is similar to ...) possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

"intense heat" "intense anxiety" "intense desire" "intense emotion" "the skunk's intense acrid odor" "intense pain" "enemy fire was intense"

Definition 5: having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where keen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for keen in the sense of this definition

(keen is similar to ...) having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment

"a perceptive eye" "a perceptive observation"

Definition 6: having a sharp cutting edge or point - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where keen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a keen blade

(keen is similar to ...) having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing

"a sharp knife" "a pencil with a sharp point"

Definition 7: painful as if caused by a sharp instrument - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where keen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for keen in the sense of this definition

(keen is similar to ...) keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point

"a sharp pain" "sharp winds"

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