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fawn1 (fɔːn Pronunciation for fawn1

Definitions

noun

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

verb

  1. (of deer) to bear (young)

Derived Forms

ˈfawnˌlike adjective

Word Origin

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

Synonyms

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= beige, neutral, buff, yellowish-brown, greyish-brown

fawn2 (fɔːn Pronunciation for fawn2

Definitions

verb (intransitive; often followed 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)

Derived Forms

ˈfawner noun
ˈfawning adjective
ˈfawningly adverb
ˈfawningness noun

Word Origin

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

Synonyms

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= ingratiate yourself, court, flatter, pander to, creep, crawl, kneel, cringe, grovel, curry favour, toady, pay court, kowtow, brown-nose, bow and scrape, dance attendance, truckle, kiss ass, be obsequious, be servile, lick (someone's) boots, lick (someone's) arse

Example Sentences Including 'fawn'

But we are jealous of our different bearing in the world We neither fawn nor spit.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Finn married when his hounds brought home a fawn which transformed itself into a beautiful girl.
Brennan, J. H. A Guide to Megalithic Ireland
He describes a day back in 1987 when Laxmi killed a fawn but protected it fiercely from her cubs.
India Today (2000)
Stephanie was tall, fair-haired, walking with ease inside a fawn linen suit, with a handbag slung over one shoulder.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
The breeze was getting up, so that her fawn coat fluttered about her legs as if to detain her.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
The woman in blue obviously knew him and she'd introduced him to the woman in the fawn coat: they'd shaken hands.
Low, Ona To His Just Desserts
Zebra Finch, normal fawn , hen; Zebra Finch, any other variety, hen - A. & S. Swift.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)

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