keen

The word “keen” has 1 syllable: keen.

It's pronounced as /kiːn/.


What is synonym and antonym for keen?

In the thesaurus, “keen” has 65 synonyms and 76 antonyms.

Here are synonyms and antonyms for keen along with examples of usage in sentences.


Synonyms for keen

  • acute
  • anxious
  • ardent
  • astute
  • avid
  • awesome
  • beautiful
  • biting
  • bitter
  • bright
  • brilliant
  • brisk
  • clever
  • complain
  • cry
  • cutting
  • deep
  • discriminating
  • eager
  • enthusiastic
  • excellent
  • exceptional
  • excited
  • fabulous
  • fantastic
  • fast
  • ferocious
  • fervent
  • fierce
  • fine
  • furious
  • great
  • groan
  • heavy
  • hot
  • howl
  • impatient
  • intelligent
  • intense
  • intensive
  • lament
  • lamentation
  • lovely
  • marvellous
  • marvelous
  • moan
  • mourning
  • penetrating
  • prime
  • quick
  • scream
  • sensitive
  • sharp
  • sharpened
  • shrewd
  • smart
  • stellar
  • strong
  • superb
  • tears
  • terrible
  • terrific
  • wail
  • wise
  • wonderful

Antonyms for keen

  • accept
  • apathetic
  • atrocious
  • awful
  • bad
  • bear
  • blunt
  • boneheaded
  • brain-dead
  • brainless
  • calm
  • casual
  • cool
  • dead
  • delight
  • dense
  • dim
  • disinterested
  • dispassionate
  • doltish
  • dopey
  • dorky
  • dull
  • dulled
  • dumb
  • dunderheaded
  • endure
  • exultation
  • fading
  • fatuous
  • feeble
  • foolish
  • gentle
  • ignorant
  • indifferent
  • lamebrained
  • light
  • lousy
  • mild
  • mindless
  • moderate
  • nonchalant
  • obtuse
  • opaque
  • pathetic
  • pinheaded
  • poor
  • rejoice
  • rejoicing
  • rotten
  • rounded
  • senseless
  • shallow
  • simple
  • slow
  • smiling
  • smooth
  • soft
  • softheaded
  • stupid
  • superficial
  • take
  • terrible
  • thick
  • thickheaded
  • tolerate
  • unconcerned
  • unenthusiastic
  • unintelligent
  • uninterested
  • vacuous
  • vile
  • weak
  • weak-minded
  • witless
  • wretched

Meanings of keen

  • verb
    1. To make cold, to sharpen.
    2. To utter a keen.
    3. To utter with a loud wailing voice or wordless cry.
    4. To mourn.
  • adjective
    1. Often with a prepositional phrase, or with to and an infinitive: showing a quick and ardent responsiveness or willingness; eager, enthusiastic, interested.
    2. Fierce, intense, vehement.
    3. Having a fine edge or point; sharp.
    4. Acute of mind, having or expressing mental acuteness; penetrating, sharp.
    5. Acrimonious, bitter, piercing.
    6. Of cold, wind, etc.: cutting, penetrating, piercing, sharp.
    7. Of prices, extremely low as to be competitive.
    8. Marvelous.
    9. Brave, courageous; audacious, bold.
  • noun
    1. A prolonged wail for a deceased person.

Example Sentences

  • She has a keen interest in astronomy and spends hours studying the stars.
  • The detective's keen observation skills helped solve the complex case.
  • As a nature enthusiast, he possesses a keen awareness of the environment.
  • The chef's keen sense of taste allows him to create exquisite culinary masterpieces.
  • With a keen eye for detail, the artist captures intricate scenes in every painting.

On this page you'll find 141 synonyms, antonyms, or another words to keen, such as: accept, acute, anxious, apathetic, ardent, astute, atrocious.

Make sure to choose synonyms and antonyms that are appropriate for the context of the sentence.

Related Words

eager

  • ambitious
  • anxious
  • avid
  • enthusiastic
  • excited
  • greedy
  • hungry
  • impatient
  • keen
  • restless
  • thirsty

eagerly

  • actively
  • animatedly
  • ardently
  • avidly
  • breathlessly
  • briskly
  • cordially
  • crisply
  • earnestly
  • energetically
  • enthusiastically
  • excitedly
  • fervently
  • fiercely
  • gamely
  • gladly
  • heartily
  • hungrily
  • impatiently
  • intently
  • keenly
  • longingly
  • lustily
  • promptly
  • readily
  • sharply
  • sincerely
  • spiritedly
  • surely
  • vehemently
  • vigorously
  • violently
  • willingly
  • zealously

eagerness

facilely

  • ably
  • adroitly
  • aptly
  • artfully
  • calmly
  • carefully
  • cheerfully
  • cleverly
  • comfortably
  • conveniently
  • coolly
  • deftly
  • deliberately
  • eagerly
  • easily
  • easy
  • efficiently
  • effortlessly
  • expertly
  • freely
  • gladly
  • handily
  • immediately
  • ingeniously
  • intelligently
  • judiciously
  • keenly
  • knowingly
  • liberally
  • neatly
  • nimbly
  • promptly
  • quickly
  • readily
  • regularly
  • simply
  • skillfully
  • slyly
  • smartly
  • smoothly
  • surely
  • well
  • willingly

lament

  • bemoan
  • complaint
  • cry
  • deplore
  • dirge
  • elegy
  • grievance
  • groan
  • howl
  • keen
  • lamentation
  • moan
  • mourn
  • mourning
  • regret
  • requiem
  • taps
  • tears
  • wail
  • weeping
  • whine

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