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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
1225-1275
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
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British Dictionary definitions for fawnest

fawn1

/fɔːn/
noun
1.
a young deer of either sex aged under one year
2.
  1. a light greyish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective) a fawn raincoat
3.
in fawn, (of deer) pregnant
verb
4.
(of deer) to bear (young)
Derived Forms
fawnlike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French faon, from Latin fētus offspring; see fetus

fawn2

/fɔːn/
verb (intransitive; often foll by on or upon)
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)
Derived Forms
fawner, noun
fawning, adjective
fawningly, adverb
fawningness, noun
Word Origin
Old English fægnian to be glad, from fægen glad; see fain
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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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