fawn

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English[edit]

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A fawn.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French faon[1], from Vulgar Latin *fetonem, from Latin fētus (offspring, young), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse)

Noun[edit]

fawn (plural fawns)

  1. A young deer.
  2. A pale brown colour tinted with yellow, like that of a fawn.
    fawn colour:  
  3. (obsolete) The young of an animal; a whelp.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Holland
      [The tigress] [] followeth [] after her fawns.
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Adjective[edit]

fawn (not comparable)

  1. Of the fawn colour.
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Verb[edit]

fawn (third-person singular simple present fawns, present participle fawning, simple past and past participle fawned)

  1. (intransitive) To give birth to a fawn.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English fawnen, from Old English fahnian, fagnian, fæġnian (to rejoice, make glad)[2]. Akin to Old Norse fagna (to rejoice)[3]. See also fain.

Verb[edit]

fawn (third-person singular simple present fawns, present participle fawning, simple past and past participle fawned)

  1. (intransitive) To exhibit affection or attempt to please.
  2. (intransitive) To seek favour by flattery and obsequious behaviour (with on or upon).
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      You showed your teeth like apes, and fawned like hounds.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      Thou with trembling fear, / Or like a fawning parasite, obeyest.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay
      courtiers who fawn on a master while they betray him
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      That the young Mr. Churchills liked—but they did not like him coming round of an evening and drinking weak whisky-and-water while he held forth on railway debentures and corporation loans. Mr. Barrett, however, by fawning and flattery, seemed to be able to make not only Mrs. Churchill but everyone else do what he desired.
    Synonyms: grovel, wheedle, soft-soap, toady
  3. (intransitive, of a dog) To show devotion or submissiveness by wagging its tail, nuzzling, licking, etc.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ fawn” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  3. ^ fawn in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Welsh[edit]

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fawn

  1. Soft mutation of bawn.