fawn1

[fawn] /fɔn/
noun
1.
a young deer, especially an unweaned one.
2.
a light yellowish-brown color.
adjective
3.
light yellowish-brown.
verb (used without object)
4.
(of a doe) to bring forth young.
Origin
1225–75; Middle English fawn, foun < Middle French faon, foun, feonVulgar Latin *fētōn-, stem of *fētō offspring, derivative of Latin fētus fetus
Related forms
fawnlike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for fawnest
fawn1 (fɔːn)
 
n
1.  a young deer of either sex aged under one year
2.  a.  a light greyish-brown colour
 b.  (as adjective): a fawn raincoat
3.  in fawn (of deer) pregnant
 
vb
4.  (of deer) to bear (young)
 
[C14: from Old French faon, from Latin fētus offspring; see fetus]
 
'fawnlike1
 
adj

fawn2 (fɔːn)
 
vb
1.  to seek attention and admiration (from) by cringing and flattering
2.  (of animals, esp dogs) to try to please by a show of extreme friendliness and fondness (towards)
 
[Old English fægnian to be glad, from fægen glad; see fain]
 
'fawner2
 
n
 
'fawning2
 
adj
 
'fawningly2
 
adv
 
'fawningness2
 
n

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Word Origin and History for fawnest
fawn
1274, from O.Fr. faon "young animal," from V.L. *fetonem, acc. of *feto, from L. fetus "an offspring" (see fetus). Still used of the young of any animal in King James I's private translation of the Psalms, but mainly of deer from 15c. Color use is 1881.
fawn
O.E. fagnian "rejoice," from fægen "glad" (see fain); used in M.E. to refer to expressions of delight, especially a dog wagging its tail, hence "act slavishly" (early 14c.). Related: Fawned; fawning.
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