fain [ feyn ]
1. gladly; willingly: He fain would accept.
2. content; willing: They were fain to go.
3. Archaic. constrained; obliged: He was fain to obey his Lord.
4. Archaic. glad; pleased.
5. Archaic. desirous; eager.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH FAIN
faint, feign, feint
WORDS RELATED TO FAIN
eager, game, inclined, minded, prepared, ready
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Origin: before 900; Middle English; Old English fæg(e)n; cognate with Old Norse feginn happy; akin to fair
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR FAIN
The sight of you fills my heart with rapture, and I fain would gaze on you for hours.
HILDEGARDE'S HOLIDAY|LAURA E. RICHARDS
The monster became so ugly that he was fain at last to withdraw from the public gaze.
THE COLLECTOR|HENRY T. TUCKERMAN
Anything else at all, Mr. Fain, that you can tell us about this interview that we haven't covered already?
WARREN COMMISSION (4 OF 26): HEARINGS VOL. IV (OF 15)|THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY
“Everything seems quite satisfactory,” Uncle Jack was fain to say at last.
PATIENCE WINS|GEORGE MANVILLE FENN
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