Crossword clues for keen
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Keen \Keen\ (k[=e]n), a. [Compar. Keener (k[=e]n"[~e]r); superl. Keenest.] [OE. kene sharp, bold, AS. c[=e]ne bold; akin to D. koen, OHG. kuoni, G. k["u]hn, OSw. kyn, k["o]n, Icel. k[ae]nn, for k[oe]nn wise; perh. akin to E. ken, can to be able. [root]45.]
Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.
A bow he bare and arwes [arrows] bright and kene.
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes.
Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.
To make our wits more keen.
Before the keen inquiry of her thought.
Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
Good father cardinal, cry thou amen To my keen curses.
Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc.; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes.
Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite. ``Of full kene will.''
So keen and greedy to confound a man.
Wonderful; delightful; marvelous; as, that would be keen.
Note: 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.
Syn: Prompt; eager; ardent; sharp; acute; cutting; penetrating; biting; severe; sarcastic; satirical; piercing; shrewd.
Keen \Keen\, v. t. To sharpen; to make cold. [R.]
Cold winter keens the brightening flood.
Keen \Keen\, n. [Ir. caoine.]
A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach.
Keen \Keen\, v. i. To wail as a keener does. [Ireland]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, from Old English cene "bold brave," later "clever, wise," from Proto-Germanic *kan- "be able to" (see can). Original prehistoric senses seem to have been both "brave" and "skilled;" cognate with Old Norse kænn "skillful, wise," Middle Dutch coene "bold," Dutch koen, Old High German kuon "pugnacious, strong," German kühn "bold, daring." Sense of "eager" is from mid-14c. The meaning "sharp" is peculiar to English: of blades and edges early 13c., of sounds c.1400, of eyesight c.1720. A popular word of approval in teenager and student slang from c.1900.
"lament," 1811, from Irish caoinim "I weep, wail, lament," from Old Irish coinim "I wail." Related: Keened; keening. As a noun from 1830.
1 showing a quick and ardent willingness or responsiveness, enthusiastic, eager; interested, intense. 2 vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite. 3 sharp; having a fine edge or point. 4 acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness. 5 bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm. 6 piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen. 7 (context often with "to" + infinitive or with a prepositional phrase English) enthusiastic 8 (context US informal dated English) marvelous. 9 (context UK English) extremely low as to be competitive. 10 (context obsolete English) brave, courageous; bold, audacious. alt. 1 showing a quick and ardent willingness or responsiveness, enthusiastic, eager; interested, intense. 2 vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite. 3 sharp; having a fine edge or point. 4 acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness. 5 bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm. 6 piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen. 7 (context often with "to" + infinitive or with a prepositional phrase English) enthusiastic 8 (context US informal dated English) marvelous. 9 (context UK English) extremely low as to be competitive. 10 (context obsolete English) brave, courageous; bold, audacious. v
(context transitive rare English) To sharpen; to make cold. Etymology 2
n. A prolonged wail for a deceased person. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To utter a keen. 2 (context transitive English) To utter with a loud wailing voice or wordless cry. 3 (context transitive English) To mourn.
v. express grief verbally; "we lamented the death of the child" [syn: lament]
n. a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
adj. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations" [syn: acute, discriminating, incisive, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp]
intense or sharp; "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure" [syn: exquisite]
very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing" [syn: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing]
as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; "a cutting wind"; "keen winds"; "knifelike cold"; "piercing knifelike pains"; "piercing cold"; "piercing criticism"; "a stabbing pain"; "lancinating pain" [syn: cutting, knifelike, piercing, stabbing, lancinate, lancinating]
having a sharp cutting edge or point; "a keen blade"
Keen may refer to:
Keen is an American shoe manufacturing company based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2003 by Martin Keen and Rory Fuerst, their shoes are now available in more than a thousand retail locations in the United States, and are distributed worldwide.
Keen is an English surname. It is either of Anglo-Saxon origin, and a nickname surname for someone who is brave, or from the Middle English or Olde English personal name 'Kene', which means king. Alternatively, it can be a variation of the Irish surname O'Cahan.
"Keen" is a 1985 non-album single by That Petrol Emotion.
The 12" B-side "Zig-Zag Wanderer" was originally recorded by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band in 1967.
Keen is a band born in Sulmona, Italy, in February 2003. Keen are influenced by several industrial metal bands like Rammstein, The Kovenant and Marilyn Manson (whose tour "Against all Gods tour" was opened by Keen in 2005), and metal bands like Metallica, but the Keen sound is a personal mix of melodies, aggressiveness, involving rhythms and electronic samplings; a result of the union of the different musical skills and interests of each member of the band.
Band members (2011): Cristian Esposito (Critz), Alfredo Silvestri, Gianni Buccigrossi (Shirley), Fabrizio Pagliaro, Simone Colasante.
On August 23, 2003 Keen released their first self produced EP "Love With Bile" preceded by the introduction single (self - produced) "Nailing Keen" that the band released in April 2003.
In summer 2003 Keen was selected by Rock TV between more than 4,000 bands to take part in I.TIM TOUR FESTIVAL 2003. After they won the competition in Catania (one of the I.TIM TOUR FESTIVAL 2003's date) Keen got to the finals at Piazza Duomo in Milan in front of 10,000 people! One track from the EP "Love With Bile" ("Nailing Keen") was included in magazine ROCK HARD number 17 cd-compilation (December 2003)
On January 20, 2004 the band was involved in one episode of SALAPROVE, went on the air on Rock TV and in April they shared the stage with Extrema for Rock TV Tour in Reggio Emilia.
"Love With Bile" has received 10 TOP DEMO from the most greater magazines and European webzine!
In March 2004, ROCKHARD published the first interview of the band (ROCKHARD number 20).
In Summer 2004 Keen was selected again by Rock TV to take part in I.TIM TOUR FESTIVAL 2004. After they won the competition in Reggio Calabria, Keen got to the finals at Piazza Duomo in Milan.
In 2004 Keen taken part in "Database" (Rock TV).
In June 2005, the song "Sleeping Beauty", was chosen to be the soundtrack for the short film "La bella Addormentata".
In June 2005 Keen was chosen by Clear Channel/Universal Music Italia to share the stage with MARILYN MANSON for the Italian date of AGAINST ALL GOD TOUR.
September 2005: brand new Keen interview on Metal Shock Magazine number 437.
October 2005: Keen released "Dying Life".
"Dying Life" has received 18 TOP DEMO from the most greater magazines and European webzine!
December 2006: Keen released "Dramas in Formaldheyde".
"Dramas in Formaldehyde" has received 30 TOP DEMO from the most greater magazines and European webzine!
"Stuntman", from "Dramas In Formaldehyde", has been chosen as soundtrack from the European Stuntman School for their shows.
Keen have been chosen by Myspace as one of the best 9 underground European existing bands
June 2007: Keen was selected to take part at " Gods of Metal" at Idroscalo in Milan (Myspace Stage).
April 2009: Keen released "Broken Hearts Museum".
"Broken Hearts Museum" has received 15 TOP DEMO from the most greater magazines and European webzine!
Usage examples of "keen".
Then calling on the name of Allah, he gave a last keen cunning sweep with the blade, and following that, the earth awfully quaked and groaned, as if speaking in the abysmal tongue the Mastery of the Event to all men.
Beckoning his companions, Acies led them through the forest, keen eyes searching for something.
It carried the boy to a smaller form that Acies could easily pick out with his keen eyes.
Britain was not keen to legislate against addictive drugs was that it was making vast amounts of money by flogging opium to the Chinese.
His keen eyes detected slight aerosol droplets, revealed in a shaft of sunlight viewed against shade.
The alienists listened with keen attention to his words, since their curiosity had been aroused to a high pitch by the suggestive yet mostly conflicting and incoherent stories of his family and neighbors.
The descent was accomplished with a minimum of noise, and even Amity managed to creep through the shrubbery without attracting the keen ears of the watchdogs.
He wanted to destroy them all, so that he would feel less lonely, and, in order to penetrate this absence with his annihilating presence, he left the jeep behind at a forgotten township where a green track ended and an ancient whisky priest sat all day in the ruins of a forsaken church brewing fire-water from wild bananas and keening the stations of the cross.
He stood with tiller in hand, keen eyes asquint against the sky, watching the sail and calling sharp commands which the others instantly obeyed.
She was as keen as anyone could be to hear the latest details of an Avenger crime.
They would be recorded, in all probability, in the Avifauna Journal - a small publication of limited circulation which went to keen students of bird life.
The thing was done so rapidly that the sheriff--a sly, keen fellow, worthy of his clients Barbet and Metivier--found the lad weeping in his chair when he entered the wretched room, after assuring himself that the manuscripts were not in the antechamber.
She wished, belatedly, that she had had the patience to stand by, as Lowenthal had done, and watch the farce unfold while wearing an expression of keen concentration.
Perhaps it was this curious underground chamber that Billard was so keen to get his hands on.
Sir John Bittle had an uncomfortable feeling that those eyes were keen enough to note the slightest tightening of a muscle.