FinnishEdit

NounEdit

gayn

  1. Genitive singular form of gay.

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse gegn; derived from Proto-Germanic *gagin. Doublet of gain.

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AdjectiveEdit

gayn (comparative geyner, superlative gaynest)

  1. direct, straight, fast, expeditious
  2. gracious, helpful, unfailing, useful, good
  3. suiting the situation, apt, fit
  4. short
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DescendantsEdit
  • English: gain (obsolete, dialectal)
  • Scots: gain
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AdverbEdit

gayn

  1. expeditiously, fast, with haste
  2. nearby, in the area
DescendantsEdit
  • English: gain (obsolete, dialectal)
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse gagn, from Proto-Germanic *gaganą, *gagną; reinforced by Middle French gain. Compare wayn.

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NounEdit

gayn (plural gaines)

  1. edge, advantage, a beneficial difference
  2. gain, spoil, payment, compensation
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Etymology 3Edit

From Old English ġeġn.

PrepositionEdit

gayn

  1. Alternative form of gain (against)

Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From gaigner (to win, make money).

NounEdit

gayn m (oblique plural gayns, nominative singular gayns, nominative plural gayn)

  1. a victory, win; booty, spoils
  2. (agricultural) tillage, arable land; crop produce

DescendantsEdit