Eágerly. adv. [from eager.]
- With great ardour of desire; with impetuosity of inclination.
To the holy war how fast and eagerly did men go, when the priest persuaded them that whosoever died in that expedition was a martyr? South's Sermons.
How eagerly he flew, when Europe's fate
Did for the seed of future actions wait. Stepney.
- Ardently; hotly.
Brutus gave the word too early,
Who having some advantage on Octavius,
Took it too eagerly; his soldiers fell to spoil,
Whilst we by Anthony were all inclos'd. Shak. Jul. Cæsar.
- Keenly; sharply.
Abundance of rain froze so eagerly as it fell, that it seemed the depth of Winter had of a sudden been come in. Knolles.