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fain (fayn) adverb

1. Willingly; gladly.

2. Rather.

adjective

1. Pleased.

2. Obliged.

3. Eager.

[From Middle English, from Old English faegen (glad).]

"... for Europe was where they fain all would be." Katherine Anne Porter; The Days Before; 1952.

"So the delay continued, and Martimor was both busy and happy at the Mill, for he liked and loved this damsel well, and was fain of her company." Henry Van Dyke; The Mill.

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