frain

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English frainen, freinen ‎(to ask), from Old English freġnan, friġnan ‎(to ask, inquire, learn), from Proto-Germanic *fregnaną ‎(to ask), from Proto-Indo-European *preḱ- ‎(to ask, woo). Cognate with Icelandic fregna ‎(to ask, inquire), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌷𐌽𐌰𐌽 ‎(fraihnan, to ask). Related also to Dutch vragen ‎(to ask), German fragen ‎(to ask), Norwegian frega ‎(to ask), Latin precor ‎(ask, beseech), Albanian preh ‎(rest, burial, tomb), Lithuanian prašyti ‎(to request), Polish prosić ‎(to request).

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Verb[edit]

frain (third-person singular simple present frains, present participle fraining, simple past and past participle frained)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To ask, inquire.
    • 1807, Samuel Henshall, translating "The Durham Book" (c. 900); The Gothic Gospel of saint Matthew:
      But Jesus stood before the count; yea the count frayned him, quothing, thou is king of the Jews? but Jesus quoth to him, thou quoths.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English frayne ‎(ash-tree), from Old French fraisne, fresne ‎(ash-tree), from Latin fraxinus ‎(ash-tree).

Noun[edit]

frain (plural frains)

  1. (obsolete, botany) the ash, ash-tree.

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English freġn, fræġn ‎(question), akin to Old English friġnan ‎(to ask).

Noun[edit]

frain

  1. question

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Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

frain m (oblique plural frainz, nominative singular frainz, nominative plural frain)

  1. bit (equipment placed in a horse's mouth)

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Scots[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English fraynen, frainen, freinen, from Old English freġnan ‎(to ask) and Old Norse fregna ‎(to ask).

Verb[edit]

tae frain (third-person singular simple present frains, present participle frainin, simple past fraint, past participle fraint)

  1. (transitive) to ask, ask about, ask for
  2. to enquire
  3. (intransitive) to make inquiry
  4. to request

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Welsh[edit]

Noun[edit]

frain

  1. Soft mutation of brain.