What does FAIN mean?

Definitions for FAIN

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disposed(p), fain, inclined(p), preparedadverb

    having made preparations

    "prepared to take risks"

  2. gladly, lief, fainadverb

    in a willing manner

    "this was gladly agreed to"; "I would fain do it"


  1. fainverb

    To be delighted or glad; to rejoice

  2. fainverb

    To gladden

  3. fainadverb

    With joy; gladly.

  4. fainadjective

    Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.

  5. fainadjective

    Satisfied; contented.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FAINadjective

    Etymology: feagn, Saxon.

    And in her hand she held a mirrour bright,
    Wherein her face she often viewed fain. Fairy Queen.

    My lips will be fain when I sing unto thee, and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered. Psalm lxxi.

    Every weight to shroud it did constrain,
    And this fair couple eke to shroud themselves were fain. Fairy Queen, b. i. cant.
    1. stan. 6.

    Whosoever will hear, he shall find God; whosoever will study to know, shall be also fain to believe. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    I was fain to forswear it; they would else have married me to the rotten medlar. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    When Hildebrand had accursed Henry IV. there were none so hardy as to defend their lord; wherefore he was fain to humble himself before Hildebrand. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    The learned Castalio was fain to make trenchers at Basle, to keep himself from starving. John Locke.

  2. Fainadverb

    Gladly; very desirously; according to earnest wishes.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Now I would give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground: I would fain die a dry death. William Shakespeare.

    Why would’st thou urge me to confess a flame
    I long have stifled, and would fain conceal. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Fain wou’d I Raphael’s godlike art rehearse,
    And show th’ immortal labours in my verse. Addison.

    The plebeians would fain have a law enacted to lay all mens rights and privileges upon the same level. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Fainverb

    To wish; to desire fondly.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Fairer than fairest, in his faining eye,
    Whose sole aspect he counts felicity. Edmund Spenser, on Love.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fainadjective

    well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined

  2. Fainadjective

    satisfied; contented; also, constrained

  3. Fainadverb

    with joy; gladly; -- with wold

  4. Fain

    to be glad ; to wish or desire

  5. Etymology: [OE. fain, fagen, AS. fgen; akin to OS. fagan, Icel. faginn glad; AS. fgnian to rejoice, OS. fagann, Icel. fagna, Goth. faginn, cf. Goth. fahds joy; and fr. the same root as E. fair. Srr Fair, a., and cf. Fawn to court favor.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fain

    fān, adj. glad or joyful: inclined (with to): content to accept, for want of better: compelled: (Spens.) wont.—v.i. (Spens.) to delight.—adv. gladly.—adv. Fain′ly, gladly.—n. Fain′ness, eagerness. [A.S. fægen, joyful: cf. Ice. feginn, glad.]

  2. Fain

    fān, v.i. (Spens.). Same as Feign.

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Anagrams for FAIN »

  1. an if

  2. naif

  3. naïf

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FAIN in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FAIN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of FAIN in a Sentence

  1. Hindu Poetess:

    The dull-hued turkey apes the gait Of lordly peacock, richly plumed; And thus the poetaster shows When he would fain his verse recite.

  2. Marcel Proust:

    The bonds that unite another person to ourselves exist only in our mind. Memory as it grows fainter relaxes them, and notwithstanding the illusion by which we would fain be cheated and with which, out of love, friendship, politeness, deference, duty, we cheat other people, we exist alone. Man is the creature that cannot emerge from himself, that knows his fellows only in himself when he asserts the contrary, he is lying.

  3. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 1:

    I would fain die a dry death.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    And be on they guard against the good and the just They would fain curcify those who devise their own virtue -- they hate the lonesome ones.

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