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fain

[ feyn ]
/ feɪn /
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adverb
gladly; willingly: He fain would accept.
adjective
willing: They were fain to go.
Archaic. constrained; obliged: He was fain to obey his Lord.
Archaic. glad; pleased.
Archaic. desirous; eager.
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Origin of fain

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English fæg(e)n; cognate with Old Norse feginn “happy”; akin to fair1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fain

fain , faint, feign, feint
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British Dictionary definitions for fain

fain
/ (feɪn) /

adverb
(usually with would) archaic willingly; gladlyshe would fain be dead
adjective
obsolete
  1. willing or eager
  2. compelled

Word Origin for fain

Old English fægen; related to Old Norse fegiun happy, Old High German gifehan to be glad, Gothic fahehs joy; see fawn ²
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