To fawn means to pay extra attention to something in an overly affectionate way.verb
An example of to fawn is how a young girl acts towards a boy she likes.
Fawn is defined as a light yellow brown color, often used to describe the color of an animal’s coat.noun
An example of fawn is the name of a winter coat’s color in a catalog.
The definition of a fawn is a young deer, still covered in spots.noun
An example of a fawn is the character Bambi.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to show friendliness by licking hands, wagging its tail, etc.: said of a dog
- to try to gain favor by acting servilely; cringe and flatter: courtiers fawning on a king
- to show affection in a solicitous or exaggerated way: usually with over
Origin: ME faunen < OE fagnian < fagen, var. of fægen: see fain
- a young deer less than one year old
- a pale, yellowish brown
Origin: ME < OFr faon, feon < LL *feto (gen. *fetonis), young animal, child < L fetus: see fetus
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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intransitive verb fawned, fawn·ing, fawns
- To exhibit affection or attempt to please, as a dog does by wagging its tail, whining, or cringing.
- To seek favor or attention by flattery and obsequious behavior.
Origin: Middle English faunen, from Old English fagnian, to rejoice, from fagen, fǽgen, glad.
- fawnˈer noun
- fawnˈing·ly adverb
- A young deer, especially one less than a year old.
- A grayish yellow-brown to moderate reddish brown.
Origin: 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.