In eager desire eager astir
- highly excited by eagerness, interest, etc.
- In eager desire; eager; astir.
becoming visibly excited
"in a situation of desire; in circumstances of imagination; heated utilizing the idea of some satisfaction; longing" [Johnson], c.1400, possibly from Old French en gogues "in jest, great humor, joyfulness," from gogue "fun," which can be of as yet not known source.
(a. & adv.) In eager desire; eager; astir.