eagerness vs keenness what difference

what is difference between eagerness and keenness

English

Alternative forms

  • eagreness (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English egernesse, egrenesse; equivalent to eager +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈiɡɚnəs/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈiːɡənəs/
  • Hyphenation: ea‧ger‧ness

Noun

eagerness (usually uncountable, plural eagernesses)

  1. The state or quality of being eager; ardent desire.
    • 1909: Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
      The things he had to tell about…were enough to make you almost tremble with excitement, when you heard all the intimate details from an animal charmer and realized with what thrilling eagerness and anxiety the whole busy underworld was working.
  2. (obsolete) Tartness; sourness

Translations

Anagrams

  • Gerasenes, eagreness, green seas, sea greens


English

Etymology

keen +‎ -ness

Noun

keenness (countable and uncountable, plural keennesses)

  1. sharpness or cutting ability
  2. astuteness or sagacity
  3. eagerness or enthusiasm

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