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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
Can be confused
faun, fawn.

fawn2

[fawn] /fɔn/
verb (used without object)
1.
to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor:
The courtiers fawned over the king.
2.
(of a dog) to behave affectionately.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English fawnen, Old English fagnian, variant of fægnian to rejoice, make glad, derivative of fægen happy; see fain
Related forms
fawner, noun
fawningly, adverb
fawningness, noun
Synonyms
1. toady, truckle, flatter, kowtow.
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  • But far from basking in the warmth of the students' once fawning admiration, the kids put him on his heels.
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  • The wooded coulees provide secluded white-tailed deer fawning areas and protection from winter winds.
  • The first is in the spring when deer move to their fawning areas.
  • White-tailed deer and moose graze in the meadow and utilize adjacent timbered edges for calving and fawning areas.
  • Mule deer and elk crucial fawning and calving areas would be closed seasonally.
  • The coincidence of fawning with the rainy season ensures an ample food supply for lactating females.
British Dictionary definitions for fawning

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 fawning

fawn

n.

"young deer," mid-14c., from Anglo-French (late 13c.), Old French faon, feon "young animal" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fetonem (nominative *feto), from Latin 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.

v.

Old English fægnian "rejoice, be glad, exult," from fægen "glad" (see fain); used in Middle English to refer to expressions of delight, especially a dog wagging its tail (early 13c.), hence "court favor, grovel, act slavishly" (early 14c.). Related: Fawned; fawning.

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