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fawn

EnglishEdit

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A fawn.

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French faon.

NounEdit

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.
    • Holland
      [The tigress] [] followeth [] after her fawns.
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AdjectiveEdit

fawn (not comparable)

  1. Of the fawn colour.
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VerbEdit

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 2Edit

From Middle English fawnen, from Old English fahnian, fagnian, fæġnian (to rejoice, make glad)[1]. Akin to Old Norse fagna (to rejoice)[2]. See also fain.

VerbEdit

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).
    • Shakespeare
      You showed your teeth like apes, and fawned like hounds.
    • Milton
      Thou with trembling fear, / Or like a fawning parasite, obeyest.
    • Macaulay
      courtiers who fawn on a master while they betray him
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, 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.
  3. (intransitive, of a dog) To wag its tail, to show devotion.
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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884-1928, and First Supplement, 1933
  2. ^ fawn in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

WelshEdit

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VerbEdit

fawn

  1. Soft mutation of bawn.