- a young deer, especially an unweaned one.
- a light yellowish-brown color.
- light yellowish-brown.
- (of a doe) to bring forth young.
Origin of fawn1
- to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor: The courtiers fawned over the king.
- (of a dog) to behave affectionately.
Origin of fawn2
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Examples from the Web for fawn
You pet them and fawn on them, and naturally they get conceited.A Woman Intervenes
I have a pet cat and a chicken, and papa says he will catch me a fawn.
"They have told her to do it," whispered Fawn, and stood firm.
Fawn ran into the house, brought her jewels, and handed them to her father.
The huntsman having seized the fawn, will hand it to the keeper.The Sportsman
- a young deer of either sex aged under one year
- a light greyish-brown colour
- (as adjective)a fawn raincoat
- in fawn (of deer) pregnant
- (of deer) to bear (young)
- to seek attention and admiration (from) by cringing and flattering
- (of animals, esp dogs) to try to please by a show of extreme friendliness and fondness (towards)
Word Origin and History for fawn
"young deer," mid-14c., from Anglo-French (late 13c.), Old French faon, feon "young animal" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fetonem (nominative *feto), from Latin 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.
Old English fægnian "rejoice, be glad, exult," from fægen "glad" (see fain); used in Middle English to refer to expressions of delight, especially a dog wagging its tail (early 13c.), hence "court favor, grovel, act slavishly" (early 14c.). Related: Fawned; fawning.