F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feyn]
    • /feɪn/
    • /feɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feyn]
    • /feɪn/

Definitions of fain word

  • adverb fain gladly; willingly: He fain would accept. 1
  • adjective fain content; willing: They were fain to go. 1
  • adjective fain Archaic. constrained; obliged: He was fain to obey his Lord. 1
  • adjective fain Archaic. glad; pleased. 1
  • adjective fain Archaic. desirous; eager. 1
  • noun fain With pleasure; gladly. 1

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Origin of fain

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English fæg(e)n; cognate with Old Norse feginn happy; akin to fair1

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Parts of speech for Fain


fain popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

fain usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fain

adj fain

  • eager — keen or ardent in desire or feeling; impatiently longing: I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing.
  • game — an amusement or pastime: children's games.
  • inclined — deviating in direction from the horizontal or vertical; sloping.
  • minded — having a certain kind of mind (usually used in combination): strong-minded.
  • prepared — properly expectant, organized, or equipped; ready: prepared for a hurricane.

adjective fain

  • willing — disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along.

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