a young deer, especially an unweaned one.
a light yellowish-brown color.


light yellowish-brown.

verb (used without object)

(of a doe) to bring forth young.

Nearby words

  1. favrile glass,
  2. favus,
  3. fawcett,
  4. fawkes,
  5. fawkes, guy,
  6. fawn lily,
  7. fawney,
  8. fawny,
  9. fax,
  10. fax machine

Origin of fawn

1225–75; Middle English fawn, foun < Middle French faon, foun, feonVulgar Latin *fētōn-, stem of *fētō offspring, derivative of Latin fētus fetus

Related formsfawn·like, adjective

Can be confusedfaun fawn



verb (used without object)

to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor: The courtiers fawned over the king.
(of a dog) to behave affectionately.

Origin of fawn

before 1000; Middle English fawnen, Old English fagnian, variant of fægnian to rejoice, make glad, derivative of fægen happy; see fain

Related formsfawn·er, nounfawn·ing·ly, adverbfawn·ing·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fawn




a young deer of either sex aged under one year
  1. a light greyish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective)a fawn raincoat
in fawn (of deer) pregnant


(of deer) to bear (young)
Derived Formsfawnlike, adjective

Word Origin for fawn

C14: from Old French faon, from Latin fētus offspring; see fetus

verb (intr; often foll by on or upon)

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)
Derived Formsfawner, nounfawning, adjectivefawningly, adverbfawningness, noun

Word Origin for fawn

Old English fægnian to be glad, from fægen glad; see fain

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Word Origin and History for fawn
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