- the nearest way. N.
A glossary of provincial and local words used in England. Francis Grose. 1790.
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gain — I Cleveland Dialect List direct; near at hand: we ll gan the gainest way , it s gay and gain for t market II North Country (Newcastle) Words a Northumbrian expression...attached to other words to express a degree of comparison: gain quiet… … English dialects glossary
gain — 1. adjective /ɡeɪn/ a) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous. the gainest way b) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap. 2 … Wiktionary