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fawn 1

intr.v. fawned, fawn·ing, fawns
1. To exhibit affection or attempt to please, as a dog does by wagging its tail, whining, or cringing.
2. To seek favor or attention by flattery and obsequious behavior.

[Middle English faunen, from Old English fagnian, to rejoice, from fagen, fægen, glad.]

fawn′er n.
fawn′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: fawn1, bootlick, kowtow, slaver1, toady, truckle
These verbs mean to seek or gain favor by behaving obsequiously and submissively: fawned on her superior; bootlicked to get a promotion; lawyers kowtowing to a judge; slavered over his rich uncle; toadying to members of the club; nobles truckling to the king.

fawn 2

1. A young deer, especially one less than a year old.
2. A grayish yellow-brown to moderate reddish brown.

[Middle English, from Old French foun, faon, feon, young animal, from Vulgar Latin *fētō, *fētōn-, from Latin fētus, offspring; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]


 of courtiers, 15th century.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fawning - attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"
2.fawning - attempting to win favor by flattery
servile - submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"


adjective obsequious, crawling, flattering, cringing, abject, grovelling, prostrate, deferential, sycophantic, servile, slavish, bowing and scraping, bootlicking (informal) flanked on all sides by fawning minions


[ˈfɔːnɪŋ] ADJadulador, servil


adj person, mannerkriecherisch, liebedienernd; dogschwanzwedelnd


[ˈfɔːnɪŋ] adj (person) → servile, untuoso/a; (dog) → espansivo/a, affettuoso/a
References in classic literature ?
At last, like a courtier fawning on the royal stick that is laid about his shoulders, he prides himself on the sensitiveness of his conscience.
They came to Galazi, they sprang upon him, fawning round him, but he beat them down with the Watcher.
One of these, a gentleman in elegant attire, carried in his hand a cane, which he twirled in a jaunty manner as he loitered on; the other, an obsequious, crouching, fawning figure, listened to what he said--at times throwing in a humble word himself--and, with his shoulders shrugged up to his ears, rubbed his hands submissively, or answered at intervals by an inclination of the head, half-way between a nod of acquiescence, and a bow of most profound respect.
Similarly, forests likely act as quality fawning cover because they represent permanent cover.
"If landowners want to lessen the impact of coyote depredation, they should focus on the fawning months," said Barber.
"Interestingly enough, the earliest rut and corresponding fawning dates in Texas are in that area just southwest of Houston," Wolf pointed out.
Average birth mass was greater in males (4.66 kg) than females (4.31 kg), and it was greater in the middle of the fawning season (in the middle of June) than in the beginning (in May).
Fawning starts in the pen in mid-February and most fawns are born in March and April (Wilson et al.
Predation increased for fawns born later in the fawning season (Pearson's correlation = 0.413, P = 0.006).
In other words, the coyotes living in the area you hunt can be completely different than the ones living there during the fawning season.
They are eclectic opportunists that focus on venison during the spring fawning period and the winter denning period when weakened individuals have difficulty running through deep snow.