Bain meaning

(Now chiefly dialectal) Direct; near; short; gain.

That is the bainest way.

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(obsolete) A bath.
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(Now chiefly dialectal) Readily; willingly.
adverb
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(Now chiefly dialectal) Nearby; at hand.
adverb
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(Now chiefly dialectal) Limber; pliant; flexible.
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(Now chiefly dialectal) Ready; willing.
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Origin of bain

  • From Middle English bain, bayne, bayn, beyn (“direct, prompt”), from Old Norse beinn (“straight, right, favourable, advantageous, convenient, friendly, fair, keen”), from Proto-Germanic *bainaz (“straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhei- (“to hit, beat”). Cognate with Scots bein, bien (“in good condition, pleasant, well-to-do, cosy, well-stocked, pleasant, keen”), Icelandic beinn (“straight, direct, hospitable”), Norwegian bein (“straight, direct, easy to deal with”). See also bein.

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  • From Middle English bayne, baine, from Old French bain (“bath”), from Latin balneum (“bath, bath-house”).

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