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fawn

a young deer; to court favor
Not to be confused with:
faun – a woodland deity
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fawn 1

 (fôn)
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

 (fôn)
n.
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.]
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fawn

(fɔːn)
n
1. (Animals) a young deer of either sex aged under one year
2. (Colours)
a. a light greyish-brown colour
b. (as adjective): a fawn raincoat.
3. (Biology) in fawn (of deer) pregnant
vb
(Biology) (of deer) to bear (young)
[C14: from Old French faon, from Latin fētus offspring; see fetus]
ˈfawnˌlike adj

fawn

(fɔːn)
vb (intr; often foll by on or upon)
1. to seek attention and admiration (from) by cringing and flattering
2. (of animals, esp dogs) to try to please by a show of extreme friendliness and fondness (towards)
[Old English fægnian to be glad, from fægen glad; see fain]
ˈfawner n
ˈfawning adj
ˈfawningly adv
ˈfawningness n
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fawn1

(fɔn)

n.
1. a young deer, esp. an unweaned one.
2. a light yellowish brown color.
adj.
3. light yellowish brown.
v.i.
4. (of a doe) to bring forth young.
[1225–75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin fētus fetus]
fawn′like`, adj.

fawn2

(fɔn)

v.i.
1. to seek notice or favor by servile behavior; toady: courtiers fawning over the king.
2. (esp. of a dog) to behave affectionately.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English fagnian, variant of fægnian to rejoice, make glad]
fawn′er, n.
fawn′ing•ly, adv.
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fawn


Past participle: fawned
Gerund: fawning

Imperative
fawn
fawn
Present
I fawn
you fawn
he/she/it fawns
we fawn
you fawn
they fawn
Preterite
I fawned
you fawned
he/she/it fawned
we fawned
you fawned
they fawned
Present Continuous
I am fawning
you are fawning
he/she/it is fawning
we are fawning
you are fawning
they are fawning
Present Perfect
I have fawned
you have fawned
he/she/it has fawned
we have fawned
you have fawned
they have fawned
Past Continuous
I was fawning
you were fawning
he/she/it was fawning
we were fawning
you were fawning
they were fawning
Past Perfect
I had fawned
you had fawned
he/she/it had fawned
we had fawned
you had fawned
they had fawned
Future
I will fawn
you will fawn
he/she/it will fawn
we will fawn
you will fawn
they will fawn
Future Perfect
I will have fawned
you will have fawned
he/she/it will have fawned
we will have fawned
you will have fawned
they will have fawned
Future Continuous
I will be fawning
you will be fawning
he/she/it will be fawning
we will be fawning
you will be fawning
they will be fawning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fawning
you have been fawning
he/she/it has been fawning
we have been fawning
you have been fawning
they have been fawning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fawning
you will have been fawning
he/she/it will have been fawning
we will have been fawning
you will have been fawning
they will have been fawning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fawning
you had been fawning
he/she/it had been fawning
we had been fawning
you had been fawning
they had been fawning
Conditional
I would fawn
you would fawn
he/she/it would fawn
we would fawn
you would fawn
they would fawn
Past Conditional
I would have fawned
you would have fawned
he/she/it would have fawned
we would have fawned
you would have fawned
they would have fawned
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fawn - a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color; "she wore dun"
light brown - a brown that is light but unsaturated
2.fawn - a young deerfawn - a young deer        
young mammal - any immature mammal
cervid, deer - distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
Verb1.fawn - show submission or fear
bend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"
2.fawn - try to gain favor by cringing or flatteringfawn - try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
blandish, flatter - praise somewhat dishonestly
court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour - seek favor by fawning or flattery; "This employee is currying favor with his superordinates"
3.fawn - have fawnsfawn - have fawns; "deer fawn"    
birth, give birth, bear, deliver, have - cause to be born; "My wife had twins yesterday!"
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fawn

1
adjective beige, neutral, buff, yellowish-brown, greyish-brown She put on a light fawn coat. see shades of brown

fawn

2
verb (usually with on or upon or over) ingratiate yourself, court, flatter, pander to, creep, crawl, kneel, cringe, grovel, curry favour, toady, pay court, kowtow, brown-nose (taboo slang), bow and scrape, dance attendance, truckle, kiss ass (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), be obsequious, be servile, lick (someone's) boots, lick (someone's) arse (taboo slang) People fawn on you when you're famous.
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fawn

verb
To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior:
Slang: suck up.
Idioms: curry favor, dance attendance, kiss someone's feet, lick someone's boots.
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Translations
بُنّي فاتِحظَبي، غَزال صَغيريَتَزَلَّف، يُنافِقيُظْهِر عاطِفَةً
kolouchlísat sepodlézatsvětle žlutohnědá barvasvětle žlutohnědý
logrelogre forlysebrunrålamsmiske for
imarrellanuoleskellavasa
gulbrúnnhindarkálfursmjaîrasmjaîra fyrir
jauns briedislišķētluncinātiespieglaimotiesrūsgana krāsa
hertenjongkwispelenreebruinversierenvleien
jelonekpłowy
srnčavrtieť chvostom
kalvkid
açık kahverengidalkavukluk yapmakgeyik/karaca yavrusukuyruk sallamakyaltaklanmak

fawn

1 [fɔːn]
A. N
1. (Zool) → cervato m
2. (= colour) → pardo m claro
B. ADJde color pardo claro

fawn

2 [fɔːn] VI to fawn (up)on sb [animal] → hacer carantoñas a algn (fig) [person] → adular or lisonjear a algn
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fawn

[ˈfɔːn]
n
(= young deer) → faon m
(= colour) → beige m foncé
adj (also fawn-coloured) → fauve, beige foncé
fawn upon
fawn on, fawn over vt fus (= flatter) → passer de la pommade à, flatter servilement
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

fawn

1
n
Hirschkalb nt; (of roe deer)Rehkitz nt
(= colour)Beige nt
adj (colour)beige

fawn

2
vi (fig, person) → katzbuckeln (→ on, upon or over vor +dat), → herumscharwenzeln (on, upon or over um)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

fawn

1 [fɔːn]
1. n
a. (Zool) → cerbiatto
b. (colour) → marroncino
2. adj (also fawn-coloured) → marroncino/a

fawn

2 [fɔːn] vi to fawn (up)on sb (subj, dog) → fare le feste a qn; (person) (fig) → adulare servilmente qn
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

fawn1

(foːn) noun
1. a young deer.
2. (also adjective) (of) its colour, a light yellowish brown. a fawn sweater.

fawn2

(foːn) verb
1. (of dogs) to show affection (by wagging the tail, rolling over etc).
2. (with upon) to be too humble or to flatter (someone) in a servile way. The courtiers fawned upon the queen.
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References in classic literature ?
Out they toddled from rugged Avila, wide-eyed and helpless-looking as two fawns, but with human hearts, already beating to a national idea; until domestic reality met them in the shape of uncles, and turned them back from their great resolve.
We shall see the mohwa in blossom yet, and the little fawns all fat with new grass.
THUS the Trojans in the city, scared like fawns, wiped the sweat from off them and drank to quench their thirst, leaning against the goodly battlements, while the Achaeans with their shields laid upon their shoulders drew close up to the walls.
Something more of this will be found in Corbet's "Farewell to the Fairies!" We copy a portion of Marvell's "Maiden lamenting for her Fawn," which we prefer-not only as a specimen of the elder poets, but in itself as a beautiful poem, abounding in pathos, exquisitely delicate imagination and truthfulness-to anything of its species:
Just then a Fawn came wandering by: it looked at Alice with its large gentle eyes, but didn't seem at all frightened.
Speaker, I wish to hurl back an allegation and explain that the spots upon me are the natural markings of one who is a direct descendant of the sun and a spotted fawn. They come of no accident of character, but inhere in the divine order and constitution of things."
But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognised his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly dog.
On the face of this there was a device that shewed a dog holding a spotted fawn between his fore paws, and watching it as it lay panting upon the ground.
She held up her hands, strong, shapely hands, and surveyed them critically, drawing up her fawn sleeves above the wrists.
As she faced them, shy as a frightened fawn, poised upon one foot as if to fly the next instant, Dorothy was astonished to see tears flowing from her violet eyes and trickling down her lovely rose-hued cheeks.
Then I heard the pattering of their feet, and they came round me by tens and by twenties, and fawned upon me.
The hundreds of thousands read him and acclaimed him with the same brute non-understanding with which they had flung themselves on Brissenden's "Ephemera" and torn it to pieces - a wolf-rabble that fawned on him instead of fanging him.