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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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]. Compare Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌷𐍃 (fahs, glad)[2].

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fain (comparative more fain, superlative most fain)

  1. (archaic) Well-pleased, glad.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter 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
  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;

TranslationsEdit

AdverbEdit

fain (comparative fainer, superlative fainest)

  1. (archaic) With joy; gladly.
  2. (archaic) By will or choice.
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I scene i[3]:
      Gonzalo: Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground— long heath, brown furze, anything. The wills above be done, but I would fain die a dry death.

TranslationsEdit

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.

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ fain in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  2. ^ fahs and faginon in Köbler's Gotisches Wörterbuch

AnagramsEdit


DalmatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin fīnis, fīnem.

NounEdit

fain m

  1. end

NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French foin, fein, from Latin faenum.

NounEdit

fain m (uncountable)

  1. (Jersey) hay

Derived termsEdit


Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin famēs.

NounEdit

fain f (nominative singular fain)

  1. hunger

DescendantsEdit

Related termsEdit


RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German fein.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. cool, fine, of good quality

DeclensionEdit


RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

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

EtymologyEdit

From Latin 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)