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A fawn.

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Holland and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      [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)[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. ^ fawn” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  3. ^ fawn in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

WelshEdit

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VerbEdit

fawn

  1. Soft mutation of bawn.