[ feyn ]
/ feɪn /
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.
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Origin of fain
before 900; Middle English; Old English fæg(e)n; cognate with Old Norse feginn happy; akin to fair1
Words nearby fain
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British Dictionary definitions for fainer
/ (feɪn) /
(usually with would) archaic willingly; gladlyshe would fain be dead
- willing or eager
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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