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Meaning of FAIN

Pronunciation:  feyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  in a willing manner; "this was gladly agreed to"; "I would fain do it"
  2. [adj]  having made preparations; "prepared to take risks"

FAIN is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: disposed(p), gladly, inclined(p), lief, prepared, willing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fain\, a. [OE. fain, fagen, AS. f[ae]gen; akin to OS.
    fagan, Icel. faginn glad; AS. f[ae]gnian to rejoice, OS.
    fagan[=o]n, Icel. fagna, Goth. fagin[=o]n, cf. Goth.
    fah[=e]ds joy; and fr. the same root as E. fair. Srr {Fair},
    a., and cf. {Fawn} to court favor.]
    1. Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
             Men and birds are fain of climbing high. --Shak.
             To a busy man, temptation is fainto climb up
             together with his business.           --Jer. Taylor.
    2. Satisfied; contented; also, constrained. --Shak.
             The learned Castalio was fain to make trechers at
             Basle to keep himself from starving.  --Locke.
  2. \Fain\, adv.
    With joy; gladly; -- with wold.
          He would fain have filled his belly with the husks that
          the swine did eat.                       --Luke xv. 16.
          Fain Would I woo her, yet I dare not.    --Shak.
  3. \Fain\, v. t. & i.
    To be glad; to wish or desire. [Obs.]
          Whoso fair thing does fain to see.       --Spencer.
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