[ faw-ning ]
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  1. seeking favor by flattery or a servile way of behaving:The billionaire’s donation earned him a fawning front-page news story in the Globe and Mail.This detailed and favorable book review is not a fawning endorsement, as the reviewer takes the author to task on several points.

  1. the act or practice of seeking favor by flattery or a servile way of behaving:On the second-last night of the cruise, we witnessed the fawning of the ship’s wait staff as they jockeyed for a healthy tip.

Origin of fawning

First recorded in 1325–75; fawn2 + -ing2 for the adjective; fawn2 + -ing1 for the noun

Other words from fawning

  • fawn·ing·ly, adverb
  • fawn·ing·ness, noun

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