From (etyl) . More at (l), (l).
* keene, kene (archaic)
showing a quick and ardent willingness or responsiveness, enthusiastic, eager; interested, intense.
vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
* (rfdate), Shakespeare
- Of full keen will.
sharp; having a fine edge or point.
* (rfdate) :
- So keen and greedy to confound a man.
acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness.
- That my keen knife see not the wound it makes.
- To make our wits more keen .
bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
- Before the keen inquiry of her thought.
piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
- Good father cardinal, cry thou amen to my keen curses.
- Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes.
- I'm keen to learn another language.
- I'm keen on learning another language.
- I'm keen on languages.
- I'm keen about learning languages.
- I'm keen for help.
(US, informal, dated) Marvelous.
- ''"Do you want to learn another language?" / "I'm keen ."
(UK) extremely low as to be competitive.
- I just got this peachy keen new dress.
(obsolete) brave, courageous; bold, audacious.
- keen prices
* Keen is often used in the composition of words, most of which are of obvious signification; as, keen-edged, keen-eyed, keen-sighted, keen-witted, etc.
* prompt; eager; ardent; sharp; acute; cutting; penetrating; biting; severe; sarcastic; satirical; piercing; shrewd.
* See also
* keen as mustard
* keen on
(rare) To sharpen; to make cold.
* (rfdate), Thomson.
- Cold winter keens the brightening flood.
From (etyl) .
A prolonged wail for a deceased person.
To utter a keen.
* (rfdate) Stuart Howard-Jones (1904-1974), Hibernia.'' Collected in ''The New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, 1978.
To utter with a loud wailing voice or wordless cry.
- Keen —meaning 'brisk'? Nay, here the Language warps:
'Tis singing bawdy Ballads to a Corpse.
From (etyl) ; via Proto-Indo-European with climate, cline.
To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating.
To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; with to'', ''toward , etc.
* (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
To rest or rely, for support, comfort, etc.; with on'', ''upon'', or ''against .
- They delight rather to lean to their old customs.
* , chapter=23
- He leaned not on his fathers but himself.
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning
on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.}}
To hang outwards.
To press against.
* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
- His fainting limbs against an oak he leant .
* lean back
* lean on
From (etyl) .
(of a person or animal) slim; not fleshy.
(of meat) having little fat.
Having little extra or little to spare; scanty; meagre.
Of a fuel-air mixture, having more air than is necessary to burn all of the fuel; more air- or oxygen- rich than necessary for a stoichiometric reaction.
(printing, archaic) Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; opposed to fat.
- a lean''' budget; a '''lean harvest
- lean copy, matter, or type
* See also
To thin out (a fuel-air mixture): to reduce the fuel flow into the mixture so that there is more air or oxygen.
, author=Blaine and Dupont Miller
, title=Weather Hop
, magazine=Boy's Life
, publisher=Boy Scouts of America
, passage=He leaned
the mixture in an effort to cause a backfire through the carburetor, the generally accepted method of breaking the ice loose.
, author=Tom Benenson
, title=Can Your Engine Run Too Lean?
, passage=Even the Pilot's Operating Handbooks (POH) for our training airplanes add to our paranoia with their insistence that we not lean
the mixture until we're above 5000 feet density altitude.
Icelandic (leyna)?; akin to (etyl) word for "deny". Compare .