(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. desirous, keen, fervent, fervid, hotheaded, earnest, intent; zealous, ardent, agog; avid, anxious, athirst. See activity, desire, expectation, feeling, haste.
Ant., indifferent, phlegmatic.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. enthusiastic, ardent, avid, keen, anxious, deSirous, hopeful, wishful, spirited, enthused, exhilarated, excited, longing, impatient, fervent, earnest, dying to*; see also enthusiastic 1 , 2 , 3 .
Syn.- eager implies Great enthusiasm, zeal, or sometimes impatience, in the deSire for a pursuit of something [eager to begin work ] : avid suggests an intense, sometimes greedy, deSire to enjoy or possess something [avid for power ] ; keen implies deep interest and a spirited readiness to achieve something [ the team was keen on winning ] ; anxious suggests eagerness, but with some uneasiness over the outcome [anxious to excel ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
enthusiastic, anxious, *champing at the bit, desirous, itching, *gung ho, agog, impatient, *rarin' to go, fervent, ardent, hungry, intent, zealous.
ANT.: apathetic, indifferent, lukewarm
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Intensely desirous or interested: agog, ardent, athirst, avid, bursting, impatient, keen1, solicitous, thirsting, thirsty. Informal: raring. Idioms: champing at the bit, ready and willing. See CONCERN.

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