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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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