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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.
  • n. A bath, in any of the senses of that word.
  • n. A bagnio or brothel.
  • To bathe; wash.
  • To bathe one's self; take a bath.
  • etc. Obsolete spelling of bane, bone, etc.


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



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