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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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  • Also, like a faithful dog, Guido Bombini fawned close to him.

  • That girl's eyes, like a little adoring dog's—that girl, who had fawned on her so!

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • I returned his caresses as he fawned on me, finding me not dead as he supposed.

    In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
  • Ugly and cross as the dog was, he fawned on her, and the old woman had left him to her care.

    Granny's Wonderful Chair Frances Browne
  • Ucatella was the first to see him coming, and came and fawned on him with delight.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • When it saw the hermit tending its master, it fawned at his feet.

    King Arthur and His Knights Maude L. Radford
  • She stood in the shop door, and looked lovingly down on us as we fawned on her.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
British Dictionary definitions for fawned

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 fawned

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.

fawn

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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