fainer


fainer

adverb

  1. gladly; willingly: He fain would accept.

adjective

  1. content; willing: They were fain to go.
  2. Archaic. constrained; obliged: He was fain to obey his Lord.
  3. Archaic. glad; pleased.
  4. Archaic. desirous; eager.

adverb

  1. (usually with would) archaic willingly; gladlyshe would fain be dead

adjective

  1. obsolete
    1. willing or eager
    2. compelled
adj.

Old English fægen, fagen “glad, cheerful, happy, joyful, rejoicing,” from a common Germanic root (cf. Old Saxon fagan, Old Norse feginn “glad,” Old High German faginon, Gothic faginon “to rejoice”), perhaps from PIE *pek- “to make pretty.” As an adverb, from c.1200.

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