What does fain mean?

Definitions for fainfeɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disposed(p), fain, inclined(p), prepared(adverb)

    having made preparations

    "prepared to take risks"

  2. gladly, lief, fain(adverb)

    in a willing manner

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


  1. fain(Verb)

    To be delighted or glad; to rejoice

  2. fain(Verb)

    To gladden

  3. fain(Adverb)

    With joy; gladly.

  4. fain(Adjective)

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

  5. fain(Adjective)

    Satisfied; contented.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fain(adj)

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

  2. Fain(adj)

    satisfied; contented; also, constrained

  3. Fain(adverb)

    with joy; gladly; -- with wold

  4. Fain

    to be glad ; to wish or desire

  5. Origin: [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, naif, naïf


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

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

    I would fain die a dry death.

  2. Joseph Addison:

    'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.

  3. 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.

  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.

Images & Illustrations of fain

  1. fainfainfain

Translations for fain

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • охотен, охотно, доволен, склоненBulgarian
  • gernGerman
  • volontiersFrench
  • met, verheugen, plezier, tevreden, blij, maken, gevallig, zich, graagDutch
  • охотно, радостноRussian
  • gärnaSwedish

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