fawn

  • 1 fawn — vb Fawn, toady, truckle, cringe, cower are comparable when they mean to act or behave with abjectness in the presence of a superior. Fawn implies a courting of favor by such acts of a sycophant as servile flattery and exaggerated deference {they… …

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  • 2 Fawn — Fawn, n. [OF. faon the young one of any beast, a fawn, F. faon a fawn, for fedon, fr. L. fetus. See {Fetus}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A young deer; a buck or doe of the first year. See {Buck}. [1913 Webster] 2. The young of an animal; a whelp. [Obs.] [1913 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Fawn — Fawn, a. Of the color of a fawn; fawn colored. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 fawn — ‘young deer’ [14] and fawn ‘grovel’ [13] are two distinct words. The latter did not always have the negative associations of ‘servility’ which it usually carries today. Originally it simply referred to dogs showing they were happy – by wagging… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 5 fawn — ‘young deer’ [14] and fawn ‘grovel’ [13] are two distinct words. The latter did not always have the negative associations of ‘servility’ which it usually carries today. Originally it simply referred to dogs showing they were happy – by wagging… …

    Word origins

  • 6 fawn on — ˈfawn over ˈfawn on [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they fawn over he/she/it fawns over present participle fawning over past tens …

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  • 7 Fawn — Fawn, v. i. [Cf. F. faonner.] To bring forth a fawn. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 Fawn — Fawn, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fawned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fawning}.] [OE. fawnen, fainen, fagnien, to rejoice, welcome, flatter, AS. f[ae]gnian to rejoice; akin to Icel. fagna to rejoice, welcome. See {Fain}.] To court favor by low cringing, frisking …

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  • 9 fawn — fawn·ing·ly; fawn; fawn·ing·ness; …

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  • 10 Fawn — Fawn, n. A servile cringe or bow; mean flattery; sycophancy. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 11 fawn — [n] baby deer baby buck, baby doe, yearling; concepts 394,400 fawn [v] ingratiate oneself to; serve abase, apple polish*, be at beck and call*, be obsequious, be servile, blandish, bow, brownnose*, buddy up*, butter up*, cajole, cater to, cave in …

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  • 12 fawn — Ⅰ. fawn [1] ► NOUN 1) a young deer in its first year. 2) a light brown colour. ORIGIN Old French faon, from Latin fetus offspring . Ⅱ. fawn [2] ► VERB …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 fawn — index truckle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 14 fawn — fawn1 [fôn] vi. [ME faunen < OE fagnian < fagen, var. of fægen: see FAIN] 1. to show friendliness by licking hands, wagging its tail, etc.: said of a dog 2. to try to gain favor by acting servilely; cringe and flatter [courtiers fawning on… …

    English World dictionary

  • 15 fawn — fawn1 [ fɔn ] noun count a young DEER fawn fawn 2 [ fɔn ] verb fawn over or fawn on phrasal verb transitive fawn over/on someone to be extremely nice to someone more important than you because you want them to like you or give you something fawn… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 fawn — [[t]fɔ͟ːn[/t]] fawns, fawning, fawned 1) COLOUR Fawn is a pale yellowish brown colour. Tania was standing there in her light fawn coat. 2) N COUNT A fawn is a very young deer. The fawn ran to the top of the ridge. 3) VERB (disapproval) If you say …

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  • 17 fawn — I UK [fɔːn] / US [fɔn] noun [countable] Word forms fawn : singular fawn plural fawns a young deer II UK [fɔːn] / US [fɔn] verb Word forms fawn : present tense I/you/we/they fawn he/she/it fawns present participle fawning past tense fawned past… …

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  • 18 fawn on — phrasal verb fawn over or fawn on [transitive] Word forms fawn over : present tense I/you/we/they fawn over he/she/it fawns over present participle fawning over past tense fawned over past participle fawned over showing disapproval fawn over/on… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 fawn — fawn1 [fo:n US fo:n] n [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: faon young animal , from Latin fetus; FETUS] 1.) a young ↑deer 2.) [U] a pale yellow brown colour fawn 2 fawn2 …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 fawn — I [[t]fɔn[/t]] n. 1) mam a young deer, esp. an unweaned one 2) a light yellowish brown color 3) light yellowish brown 4) mam (of a doe) to bring forth young • Etymology: 1225–75; ME < MF < L fētus fetus fawn′like , adj. II fawn [[t]fɔn[/t]] …

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