- gladly; willingly: He fain would accept.
- content; willing: They were fain to go.
- Archaic. constrained; obliged: He was fain to obey his Lord.
- Archaic. glad; pleased.
- Archaic. desirous; eager.
Origin of fain
Examples from the Web for fain
It was only as he exclaimed, “Good aunt, I am fain to see thee here!”The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
A burst of Homeric laughter was Sir William's reply--laughter in which all were fain to join.In the Valley
The mate admired at a mood so novel for his commander, but he was fain to submit.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Bowed then to bench those bearers-of-glory, fain of the feasting.Beowulf
But, no thanks unto him, the Bible he was fain to leave unmeddled with.Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
- (usually with would) archaic willingly; gladlyshe would fain be dead
- willing or eager
Word Origin and History for fain
Old English fægen, fagen "glad, cheerful, happy, joyful, rejoicing," from a common Germanic root (cf. Old Saxon fagan, Old Norse feginn "glad," Old High German faginon, Gothic faginon "to rejoice"), perhaps from PIE *pek- "to make pretty." As an adverb, from c.1200.