From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Eager \Ea"ger\, a. [OE. egre sharp, sour, eager, OF. agre,
   aigre, F. aigre, fr. L. acer sharp, sour, spirited, zealous;
   akin to Gr. ? highest, extreme, Skr. a?ra point; fr. a root
   signifying to be sharp. Cf. Acrid, Edge.]
   1. Sharp; sour; acid. [Obs.] "Like eager droppings into
      milk." --Shak.
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   2. Sharp; keen; bitter; severe. [Obs.] "A nipping and an
      eager air." "Eager words." --Shak.
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   3. Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to
      pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly
      longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement; as, the
      hounds were eager in the chase.
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            And gazed for tidings in my eager eyes. --Shak.
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            How eagerly ye follow my disgraces!   --Shak.
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            When to her eager lips is brought
            Her infant's thrilling kiss.          --Keble.
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            A crowd of eager and curious schoolboys.
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            Conceit and grief an eager combat fight. --Shak.
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   4. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile. [Obs.]
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            Gold will be sometimes so eager, as artists call it,
            that it will as little endure the hammer as glass
            itself.                               --Locke.

   Syn: Earnest; ardent; vehement; hot; impetuous; fervent;
        intense; impassioned; zealous; forward.

   Usage: See Earnest. -- Eager, Earnest. Eager marks an
          excited state of desire or passion; thus, a child is
          eager for a plaything, a hungry man is eager for food,
          a covetous man is eager for gain. Eagerness is liable
          to frequent abuses, and is good or bad, as the case
          may be. It relates to what is praiseworthy or the
          contrary. Earnest denotes a permanent state of mind,
          feeling, or sentiment. It is always taken in a good
          sense; as, a preacher is earnest in his appeals to the
          conscience; an agent is earnest in his solicitations.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Eager \Ea"ger\, n.
   Same as Eagre.
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