fawn·​ing ˈfȯ-niŋ How to pronounce fawning (audio)
: seeking or used to seek approval or favor by means of flattery
… they are excellent emblems of fawning yet fickle fandom …Thomas Boswell
He's sitting in a shaded pavillion, surrounded by a dozen fawning politicians …Barbara Crossette
I was astonished that Frost could've read the poem as anything but an act of fawning servility.Tobias Wolff
fawningly adverb
Not since the glory days of the glossy movie fan mags have stars been viewed so uncritically, so fawningly. Roger Ebert

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fawning was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fawning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fawning. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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