verb \ˈfn, ˈfän\

: to try to get the approval of an important or powerful person by giving that person praise, special attention, etc.

Full Definition of FAWN

intransitive verb
:  to show affection —used especially of a dog
:  to court favor by a cringing or flattering manner
fawn·er noun
fawn·ing·ly \ˈf-niŋ-lē, ˈfä-\ adverb

Examples of FAWN

  1. a sports star surrounded by fawning fans
  2. <a student who could not wait to fawn over the new teacher>

Origin of FAWN

Middle English faunen, from Old English fagnian to rejoice, from fægen, fagan glad — more at fain
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of FAWN

fawn, toady, truckle, cringe, cower mean to behave abjectly before a superior. fawn implies seeking favor by servile flattery or exaggerated attention <waiters fawning over a celebrity>. toady suggests the attempt to ingratiate oneself by an abjectly menial or subservient attitude <toadying to his boss>. truckle implies the subordination of oneself and one's desires or judgment to those of a superior <truckling to a powerful lobbyist>. cringe suggests a bowing or shrinking in fear or servility <a cringing sycophant>. cower suggests a display of abject fear in the company of threatening or domineering people <cowering before a bully>.



: a young deer; especially : a deer that is less than a year old

: a light brown color

Full Definition of FAWN

:  a young deer; especially :  one still unweaned or retaining a distinctive baby coat
:  kid 1
:  a light grayish brown
fawny \ˈf-nē, ˈfä-\ adjective

Origin of FAWN

Middle English foun, from Anglo-French feun, foon young of an animal, from Vulgar Latin *feton-, feto, from Latin fetus offspring — more at fetus
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole


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