fain

[feyn]
adjective
  1. content; willing: They were fain to go.
  2. Archaic. constrained; obliged: He was fain to obey his Lord.
  3. Archaic. glad; pleased.
  4. Archaic. desirous; eager.

Origin of fain

before 900; Middle English; Old English fæg(e)n; cognate with Old Norse feginn happy; akin to fair1
Can be confusedfain faint feign feint
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Related Words for fainest

eager, game, inclined, minded, prepared, ready

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British Dictionary definitions for fainest

fain

adverb
  1. (usually with would) archaic willingly; gladlyshe would fain be dead
adjective
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for fainest

fain

adj.

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.

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