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Dictionary definition for: Keen

1. (n) a funeral lament sung with loud wailing

2. (v) express grief verbally; "we lamented the death of the child"

3. (s) 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 pene

4. (s) intense or sharp; "suffered exquisite pain" "felt exquisite pleasure"

5. (s) very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation; "an incisive mind" "a keen intelligence" "of sharp and active intellect"

6. (s) very good; "he did a bully job" "a neat sports car" "had a great time at the party" "you look simply smashing"

7. (s) 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"

8. (s) having a sharp cutting edge or point; "a keen blade"

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