EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adverb gladly; willingly: He fain would accept. adjective 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 before 900; Middle English; Old English fæg(e)n;
Old Norse feginn
happy; akin to
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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 adj.
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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