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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ea·ger /ˈigɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ea·ger a.
 1. Sharp; sour; acid. [Obs.] “Like eager droppings into milk.”
 2. Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.  [Obs.] “A nipping and an eager air.”  Eager words.”
 3. Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement; as, the hounds were eager in the chase.
    And gazed for tidings in my eager eyes.   --Shak.
    How eagerly ye follow my disgraces!   --Shak.
 When to her eager lips is brought
 Her infant's thrilling kiss.   --Keble.
    A crowd of eager and curious schoolboys.   --Hawthorne.
    Conceit and grief an eager combat fight.   --Shak.
 4. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile. [Obs.]
    Gold will be sometimes so eager, as artists call it, that it will as little endure the hammer as glass itself.   --Locke.
 Syn: -- Earnest; ardent; vehement; hot; impetuous; fervent; intense; impassioned; zealous; forward.
 Usage: See Earnest. -- Eager, Earnest. Eager marks an excited state of desire or passion; thus, a child is eager for a plaything, a hungry man is eager for food, a covetous man is eager for gain. Eagerness is liable to frequent abuses, and is good or bad, as the case may be. It relates to what is praiseworthy or the contrary. Earnest denotes a permanent state of mind, feeling, or sentiment. It is always taken in a good sense; as, a preacher is earnest in his appeals to the conscience; an agent is earnest in his solicitations.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ea·ger, n. Same as Eagre.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: having or showing keen interest or intense desire or
             impatient expectancy; "eager to learn"; "eager to
             travel abroad"; "eager for success"; "eager helpers";
             "an eager look" [ant: uneager]
      2: marked by active interest and enthusiasm; "an avid sports
         fan"; "a great walker"; "an eager beaver" [syn: avid, great,
      n : a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by
          colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary) [syn: tidal
          bore, bore, eagre, aegir]