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fain

 (fān) Archaic
adv.
Happily; gladly: "I would fain improve every opportunity to wonder and worship, as a sunflower welcomes the light" (Henry David Thoreau).
adj.
1. Ready; willing.
2. Pleased; happy.
3. Obliged or required.

[Middle English, from Old English fægen, joyful, glad.]

fain

(feɪn)
adv
(usually with would) archaic willingly; gladly: she would fain be dead.
adj
obsolete
a. willing or eager
b. compelled
[Old English fægen; related to Old Norse fegiun happy, Old High German gifehan to be glad, Gothic fahehs joy; see fawn2]

fain

(feɪn)
Archaic. adv.
1. gladly; willingly: He fain would accept.
adj.
2. content; willing.
3. constrained; obliged.
4. glad; pleased.
5. desirous; eager.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English fæg(e)n]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fain - having made preparations; "prepared to take risks"
willing - disposed or inclined toward; "a willing participant"; "willing helpers"
Adv.1.fain - in a willing manner; "this was gladly agreed to"; "I would fain do it"

fain

adjective
Archaic. Disposed to accept or agree:
Translations

fain

(archaic) [feɪn] ADV (used only with "would") → de buena gana

fain

adv (obs) I would fainich möchte
References in classic literature ?
The port would fain give succor; the port is pitiful; in the port is safety, comfort, hearthstone, supper, warm blankets, friends, all that's kind to our mortalities.
I would fain linger yet with a few of those among whom I have so long moved, and share their happiness by endeavouring to depict it.
I fain would take the zither, By some stray fancy led; But there are none to hear me, And who can charm the dead?
The mighty blows of the stranger went whistling around Robin's ducking head, while his own swift undercuts were fain to give the other an attack of indigestion.
Wherefore, I like you well, and would fain know your name.
The northeast wind was keen and cutting; they had nothing wherewith to make a fire, but a scanty growth of sage, or wormwood, and were fain to wrap themselves up in their blankets, and huddle themselves in their "nests," at an early hour.
The northeast wind blew keenly across the naked waste, and they were fain to decamp from their inhospitable bivouac before the dawn.
But sense and spirit would fain persuade thee that they are the end of all things: so vain are they.
Now it was told before how two hundred pounds were set upon Robin Hood's head, and how the Sheriff of Nottingham swore that he himself would seize Robin, both because he would fain have the two hundred pounds and because the slain man was a kinsman of his own.
Ay," quoth the Tinker, "blow thou mayest, but go thou must with me to Nottingham Town, for the Sheriff would fain see thee there.
There stands a tinker," quoth Robin, "that would fain take me to Nottingham, there to hang upon the gallows tree.
Fain am I to own thou art both a stouter and a slyer man than I; so I will obey thee and be thine own true servant.