- 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 fawning
Of course, this could be explained by the admittedly large percentage of the audience composed of fawning film students.James and the Giant Internet Company: Franco and AOL Get Kissy Faces
September 18, 2014
Between the Walters fawning and the Colbert debacle, Amaitis is fortunate only to be paying a record fine.Las Vegas Betting Scandal Earns $5.5 Million Fine but the Boss Walks
John L. Smith
January 21, 2014
The fawning strangers ask questions like “What was it like…being shot at?”American Dreams: The Essential Book of 2012
December 28, 2012
The Guardian's Luke Harding, calling Assange a "fawning" interviewer, totally missed the point.I Love the Julian Assange Show!
July 3, 2012
Constantino Diaz-Duran on how the Golden Globe-nominated filmmaker dupes his fawning American fan base.Is Pedro Almodóvar a Fraud?
January 14, 2010
His anger changed to meekness, and his words were mild and fawning.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Zack spoke sympathetically as the dog, fawning, came closer.The Shining Cow
He did not like his spells of fawning loquacity and bursts of resentfulness.End of the Tether
The voice of Emil Tesla, eager, fawning, had yet another quality in it.Erik Dorn
He accused them of fawning on the rich and despising the poor.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
- 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 fawning
"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.