- A prolonged wail for a deceased person.
- (transitive) To sharpen; to make cold. R.
adjective (keen, er)
- "Cold winter keens the brightening flood." -Thomson.
- 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." -Chaucer.
- "That my knife see not the wound it makes." -Shak.
- 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 ." -Shak.
- "Before the inquiry of her thought." -Cowper.
- Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
- "Good father cardinal, cry thou amen to my curses." -Shak.
- Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc,; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
- "Breasts the air, and carols as he goes." -Goldsmith.
- Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
- "Of full will." -Piers Plowman.
- "So and greedy to confound a man." -Shak.
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