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fawn1

[fawn] /fɔn/
noun
1.
a young deer, especially an unweaned one.
2.
a light yellowish-brown color.
adjective
3.
light yellowish-brown.
verb (used without object)
4.
(of a doe) to bring forth young.
Origin of fawn1
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English fawn, foun < Middle French faon, foun, feonVulgar Latin *fētōn-, stem of *fētō offspring, derivative of Latin fētus fetus
Related forms
fawnlike, adjective
Can be confused
faun, fawn.

fawn2

[fawn] /fɔn/
verb (used without object)
1.
to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor:
The courtiers fawned over the king.
2.
(of a dog) to behave affectionately.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English fawnen, Old English fagnian, variant of fægnian to rejoice, make glad, derivative of fægen happy; see fain
Related forms
fawner, noun
fawningly, adverb
fawningness, noun
Synonyms
1. toady, truckle, flatter, kowtow.
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Examples from the Web for fawn
Historical Examples
  • The pileus is wood brown to fawn, clay color or isabelline color.

  • Her foot and ankle are perfect, and the springy step is light as a fawn's.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The deer finally worked up in gun shot, and they proved to be an old doe, a yearling and the doe's fawn.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • The fawn, far more desirable than its elder, could be had for the mere finding.

    The Black Phantom Leo Edward Miller
  • They had a fawn, which had followed Brown home along the beach, feeding on leaves from his hand.

    The Cursed Patois Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Phil must have spoken to the fawn, for she is very suspicious.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • Her fleet young steps carried her lightly as a fawn over the grass, and down the path which led to Susy's cottage.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • He found a fawn, but the doe was close by and made an ugly fight for her young.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • It was a fawn coat with brown velvet collar and cuffs—a beautiful coat, Tommy thought.

    Tommy Tregennis Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • The spot of the fawn, of the bird, and the moth, may be harmless.

British Dictionary definitions for fawn

fawn1

/fɔːn/
noun
1.
a young deer of either sex aged under one year
2.
  1. a light greyish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): a fawn raincoat
3.
in fawn, (of deer) pregnant
verb
4.
(of deer) to bear (young)
Derived Forms
fawnlike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French faon, from Latin fētus offspring; see fetus

fawn2

/fɔːn/
verb (intransitive; often foll by on or upon)
1.
to seek attention and admiration (from) by cringing and flattering
2.
(of animals, esp dogs) to try to please by a show of extreme friendliness and fondness (towards)
Derived Forms
fawner, noun
fawning, adjective
fawningly, adverb
fawningness, noun
Word Origin
Old English fægnian to be glad, from fægen glad; see fain
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Word Origin and History for fawn
n.

"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.

v.

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.

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