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fawn

play
verb \ˈfȯn, ˈfän\

Simple Definition of fawn

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

Full Definition of fawn

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to show affection —used especially of a dog

  3. 2 :  to court favor by a cringing or flattering manner

fawn·er noun
fawn·ing·ly play \ˈfȯ-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>.

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fawn

noun

Simple Definition of fawn

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

  • : a light brown color

Full Definition of fawn

  1. 1 :  a young deer; especially :  one still unweaned or retaining a distinctive baby coat

  2. 2 :  kid 1

  3. 3 :  a light grayish brown

fawny play \ˈfȯ-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


FAWN Defined for Kids

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fawn

play
noun \ˈfȯn\

Definition of fawn

  1. 1 :  a young deer

  2. 2 :  a light grayish brown




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fawn

play
verb

Definition of fawn

fawnedfawn·ing

  1. 1 :  to show affection —used especially of a dog

  2. 2 :  to try to win favor by acting as if someone is superior <Fans fawned over the actor.>





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