Definitions

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  • adj. Ready; willing.
  • adj. Direct; near; short; gain.
  • adj. Limber; pliant; flexible.
  • adv. Readily; willingly.
  • adv. Nearby; at hand.
  • n. A bath.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bath; a bagnio.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Direct; near; short: as, that way's the bainest (banest).
  • 2. Ready; willing.
  • Limber; pliant; flexible.
  • Near by; at hand.
  • 2. Readily; willingly.
  • To bathe; wash.
  • To bathe one's self; take a bath.
  • etc. Obsolete spelling of bane, bone, etc.
  • n. A bath, in any of the senses of that word.
  • n. A bagnio or brothel.

Etymologies

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From Middle English bain, bayne, bayn, beyn ("direct, prompt"), from Old Norse beinn ("straight, right, favourable, advantageous, convenient, friendly, fair, keen"), from Proto-Germanic *bainaz (“straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhei- (“to hit, beat”). Cognate with Scots bein, bien ("in good condition, pleasant, well-to-do, cosy, well-stocked, pleasant, keen"), Icelandic beinn ("straight, direct, hospitable"), Norwegian bein ("straight, direct, easy to deal with"). See also bein.

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From Middle English bayne, baine, from Old French bain ("bath"), from Latin balneum ("bath, bath-house").

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