- 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 fawned
After Animal House, Doug Kenney was a hot property, a commodity to be fawned over and fought for.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
Pawlenty was once considered presidential timber, fawned over in national profiles as the future of the Republican Party.Mitt Romney’s Minnesota Defeat Humiliates Tim Pawlenty in Home State
February 8, 2012
They have been feted via Twitter and fawned over by the Japanese media.A Nuclear Meltdown Survivor Story
March 17, 2011
Also, like a faithful dog, Guido Bombini fawned close to him.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
That girl's eyes, like a little adoring dog's—that girl, who had fawned on her so!Beyond
I returned his caresses as he fawned on me, finding me not dead as he supposed.In the Wilds of Florida
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
Ucatella was the first to see him coming, and came and fawned on him with delight.A Simpleton
- 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 fawned
"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.