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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Old English, pre-12th century


Pleased or willing under the circumstances.


Compelled by the circumstances; obliged.

Examples of Fain in a sentence

"I was fain to continue with the online book club."

"He was fain to answer the questions or risk a failing grade."

About Fain

Fain is an Old English word that doesn't have a lot of modern context, but it is related to the verb "fawn." They both come from the Germanic word "fægen," meaning "to be happy or pleased." Today "fawn" refers to obsequious adoration, while "fain" describes a willingness or obligation.

Did you Know?

If doing something wasn't your idea, but you're happy to do it, the adjective for that is "fain." There are usually some kind of extenuating circumstances surrounding the activity, but you'll get the job done anyway.

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