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Fain(e, Fayn(e, Fane, adv. [ME. fayn(e, early fein, f. the adj.] Gladly, willingly, with desire or longing. (a) I wald fayne set my will … To put in wryt a suthfast story; Barb. i. 11.
Tharoff fayne wengyt wald he be; Ib. viii. 20.
Sene thu fayne vald vith me spek; Leg. S. xviii. 267.
Hys folk wald fayne have bene away; Wynt. viii. 4794.
He … fayn wald have done him plesaunce; Hay I. 61/36.
Quham of is he haldand. Fayne wald I wit; Gol. & Gaw. 260.
That wald I fayne war doun and it micht be; Doug. K. Hart 456.
Sum lord … Fra quhom faine kyndnes I wald clame; Dunb. lxxxiii. 2.
Sum douts thair is, of quhilk rycht faine … I wald resoluit be; 1567 Sat. P. vii. 94.
The king of Scotland wald fayne haue keipit his promeis; Pitsc. I. 343/7.
(b) Of the land gadderit mony mane, That Androw wald haf losit fane; Leg. S. iii. 515.
Dispisand men that fane wald copy his maneris; Hay II. 93/8.
Than wald I … sa fane haif bene wrokin; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 341.
At thame rycht fane, or els be slane; 1570 Sat. P. xx. 61.
Fane wald I speir vhat spreit doth me inspire; Montg. Son. xxxvi. 1.
The rest of my childring … wold fane flie if I could furnish them fetheris; 1630 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 258.

b. With addition of full. Ful fane wald I Thare-of be portare anerly; Leg. S. vi. 289.
Ful fayne I wald myn self sla; Ib. xxi. 223.
Scho thankit him thairof full fane; Seven S. 1467.
He wald full fane haue refreschit his bak; Kennedy Pass. Christ 695.
Ful fane Assays scho to spy the hevynys lyght; Doug. iv. xii. 91.

c. In the superlative fainest. Mare delyt haf I … Thane ony man … To se the thing he fanest vald se; Leg. S. xlii. 174.
Those beine the tydandis fainest I wald have; Clar. II. 482.
He … wantit fude quhen he wald fanest dyne; G. Ball. 40.
The man … at I wald fanest stuid in the warryld; 1585 Thanes of Cawdor 187.

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