See also: Fain

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English fain, from Old English fægen, from Proto-Germanic *faganaz (glad), from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- (to make pretty, please oneself); akin to Old Norse feginn (glad, joyful), Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌲𐌹𐌽𐍉𐌽 (faginōn, to rejoice), Old Norse fagna (to rejoice).[1]

AdjectiveEdit

fain (comparative more fain, superlative most fain)

  1. (archaic) Well-pleased, glad.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “primum”, in Le Morte Darthur, book XVII:
      Thus Gawayne and Ector abode to gyder
      For syre Ector wold not awey til Gawayne were hole
      & the good knyȝt Galahad rode so long tyll he came that nyghte to the Castel of Carboneck
      & hit befelle hym thus
      that he was benyghted in an hermytage
      Soo the good man was fayne whan he sawe he was a knyght erraunt
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. (archaic) Satisfied, contented.
  3. (archaic) Eager, willing or inclined to.
  4. (archaic) Obliged or compelled to.
QuotationsEdit
  • 1900, Ernest Dowson, To One in Bedlam, lines 9-10
    O lamentable brother! if those pity thee,
    Am I not fain of all thy lone eyes promise me;
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English fain, fayn, feyn, from the adjective (see above).

AdverbEdit

fain (comparative fainer, superlative fainest)

  1. (archaic) With joy; gladly.
  2. (archaic) By will or choice.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English fainen, from Old English fæġenian, from Proto-West Germanic *faginōn, from Proto-Germanic *faginōną.

VerbEdit

fain (third-person singular simple present fains, present participle faining, simple past and past participle fained)

  1. (archaic) To be delighted or glad; to rejoice.
  2. (archaic) To gladden.
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DalmatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin fīnis, fīnem.

NounEdit

fain m

  1. end

Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English fæġen, from Proto-Germanic *faganaz (glad). The adverb is transferred from the adjective.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fain

  1. joyful, happy
  2. willing, eager
  3. pleasing, enjoyable, attractive

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AdverbEdit

fain

  1. gladly, joyfully
  2. willingly, eagerly

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DescendantsEdit

  • English: fain
  • Scots: fain

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NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French foin, from earlier fein, from Latin fēnum, from faenum.

NounEdit

fain m (uncountable)

  1. (Jersey) hay

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Old FrenchEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin famēs.

NounEdit

fain f (nominative singular fain)

  1. hunger

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German fein.

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AdjectiveEdit

fain m or n (feminine singular faină, masculine plural faini, feminine and neuter plural faine)

  1. (Transylvania) cool, fine, of good quality

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RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Sursilvan) fein
  • (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) fagn

EtymologyEdit

From Latin fēnum, from faenum.

NounEdit

fain m

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Puter, Vallader) hay

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sutsilvan) fanar

Siar-LakEdit

NounEdit

fain

  1. woman

Further readingEdit

  • Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988)