Fain meaning

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Pleased; happy.
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Glad; ready.
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Reluctantly willing.
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(archaic) With eagerness; gladly.

He would fain stay.

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Happily; gladly.
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Ready; willing.
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Obliged or required.
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Eager.
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The definition of fain is glad or willing.

An example of fain is a woman who is eager to marry her fiance.

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(archaic) Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
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(archaic) Satisfied; contented.

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(archaic) With joy; gladly.
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(archaic) To be delighted or glad; to rejoice.
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(archaic) To gladden.
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Origin of fain

  • Middle English from Old English fægen joyful, glad

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English fægen, akin to Old Norse feginn (“glad, joyful”), Gothic (faginon, “to rejoice”), Old Norse fagna (“to rejoice”). Compare Gothic (*fahs, “glad”).

    From Wiktionary