fawn

1 [fawn]
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

fawnlike, adjective
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fawn

2 [fawn]
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

fawner, noun
fawningly, adverb
fawningness, noun


1. toady, truckle, flatter, kowtow.
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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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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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Example sentences
The childlike simplicity of medieval prose is sometimes a little hypocritical
  and fawning.
But they too have to change-to become critical friend rather than fawning
  supporter.
But far from basking in the warmth of the students' once fawning admiration,
  the kids put him on his heels.
One also fails to see what more can be done with fawning reviews.
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