eager vs eagre what difference

what is difference between eager and eagre

English

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈiɡɚ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈiːɡə/
  • Rhymes: -iːɡə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English egre, eger, from Old French egre (French aigre), from Latin acer (sharp, keen); see acid, acerb, etc. Compare vinegar, alegar.

Alternative forms

  • aigre (obsolete)
  • eagre (obsolete)

Adjective

eager (comparative more eager, superlative most eager)

  1. Desirous; keen to do or obtain something.
    • a crowd of eager and curious schoolboys
  2. (computing theory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required.
  3. (dated) Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.
  4. (obsolete) Sharp; sour; acid.
  5. (obsolete) Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.
Synonyms

(desirous): keen, raring, fain (archaic)

Derived terms
  • eager beaver
  • eager load
  • eagerly
  • eagerness
Translations

Etymology 2

See eagre.

Noun

eager (plural eagers)

  1. Alternative form of eagre (tidal bore).

Further reading

  • eager in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • eager in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • eager at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • aeger, agree, eagre, geare, æger


English

Etymology 1

See eager.

Adjective

eagre (comparative more eagre, superlative most eagre)

  1. Obsolete form of eager.
    • 1614, Walter Raleigh, The History of the World, Book III., Chapter VII., page #66:
      Howſoeuer it were, the Lacedæmonians being no leſſe wearied of the warre, than the Athenians were eagre to purſue it, the one obtained their eaſe, and the other the execution and honor which they deſired : for all the Greekes (thoſe of Peloponmeſus excepted) willingly ſubiected themſelues to the commandment of the Athenians which was both beginning of their greatneſſe in that preſent age, and of their ruine in the next ſucceeding.

Etymology 2

Not attested in Middle English; either from Old English ēagor (water, sea) or Old Norse ægir (sea, ocean), however, both possibilities fail to show the phonological outcome one would expect.

Alternative forms

  • aegir, eger, egre, eygre

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈeɪɡə(ɹ)/, /ˈiːɡə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -eɪɡə(ɹ), -iːɡə(ɹ)

Noun

eagre (plural eagres)

  1. a tidal bore

Translations

Synonyms
  • tidal bore, bore

References

  • “eagre”, in OED Online ⁠, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.

Anagrams

  • Eager, aeger, agree, eager, geare, æger

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