An example of fain is a woman who is eager to marry her fiance.
- glad; ready
- reluctantly willing
Origin of fainMiddle English joyful, joyfully from Old English fægen, glad, akin to Old Norse feginn from Indo-European base an unverified form pek-, to be satisfied from source fair
- Ready; willing.
- Pleased; happy.
- Obliged or required.
Origin of fainMiddle English from Old English fægen joyful, glad
(comparative more fain, superlative most fain)
(third-person singular simple present fains, present participle faining, simple past and past participle fained)
From Old English fægen, akin to Old Norse feginn (“glad, joyful”), Gothic (faginon, “to rejoice”), Old Norse fagna (“to rejoice”) . Compare Gothic (*fahs, “glad”) .