fawn·​ing | \ ˈfȯ-niŋ How to pronounce fawning (audio) , ˈfä- \

Definition of fawning

: 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

Other Words from fawning

fawningly adverb
Not since the glory days of the glossy movie fan mags have stars been viewed so uncritically, so fawningly. — Roger Ebert

First Known Use of fawning

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fawning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fawning. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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