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A fawn.

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English fawne, fowne, foun, from Old French faon, foun, feon[1], from Vulgar Latin *fetonem, accusative of *feto, from Latin fētus (offspring, young), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse). Displaced native Old English hindċealf (literally deer calf). Doublet of fetus.

NounEdit

fawn (plural fawns)

  1. A young deer.
    Synonym: deerling
  2. A pale brown colour tinted with yellow, like that of a fawn.
    fawn:  
  3. (obsolete) The young of an animal; a whelp.
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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)[2]. Akin to Old Norse fagna (to rejoice)[3]. 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).
    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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NounEdit

fawn (plural fawns)

  1. (rare) A servile cringe or bow.
  2. Base flattery.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “fawn”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  3. ^ fawn” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin Faunus.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fawn (plural fawnes or fawny)

  1. faun, satyr

DescendantsEdit

  • English: faun

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WelshEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

fawn

  1. Soft mutation of bawn.

NounEdit

fawn

  1. Soft mutation of mawn.

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
bawn fawn mawn unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.