fainest

fain

[feyn]
adverb
1.
gladly; willingly: He fain would accept.
adjective
2.
content; willing: They were fain to go.
3.
Archaic. constrained; obliged: He was fain to obey his Lord.
4.
Archaic. glad; pleased.
5.
Archaic. desirous; eager.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English fæg(e)n; cognate with Old Norse feginn happy; akin to fair1

fain, faint, feign, feint.
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fain (feɪn)
 
adv
1.  archaic (usually with would) willingly; gladly: she would fain be dead
 
adj
2.  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]

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fain
O.E. fægen, fagen "glad, cheerful, happy," from a common Gmc. root (cf. O.N. feginn "glad," O.H.G. faginon, Goth. faginon "to rejoice").
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