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amain

[uh-meyn]
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adverb Archaic.
  1. with full force.
  2. at full speed.
  3. suddenly; hastily.
  4. exceedingly; greatly.
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Origin of amain

First recorded in 1530–40; a-1 + main1
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Related Words

apaceimmediatelyincreasinglyinstantlyspeedilyASAPamain

Examples from the Web for amain

Historical Examples

  • Amain I did for the horse what I would neither do for earl or baron, doffed my hat; yes!

    Lavengro

    George Borrow

  • Amain I did for the horse what I would neither do for earl nor baron, doffed my hat; yes!

    Lavengro

    George Borrow

  • To recover they were fain, But now did Alvar Fañez on their rearward fall amain.

    The Lay of the Cid

    R. Selden Rose

  • On Astur's throat Horatius right firmly press'd his heel, And thrice and four times tugg'd amain, ere he wrench'd outthe steel.

  • Accordingly, just before the others came back, I felt a strong pull on my line and hauled in amain.

    Hawthorne and His Circle

    Julian Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for amain

amain

adverb
  1. archaic, or poetic with great strength, speed, or haste
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Word Origin

C16: from a- ² + main 1
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Word Origin and History for amain

adv.

1530s, from main (adj.) by analogy with other words in a- (e.g. afoot).

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