There are 2 main definitions of fawn in English:

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fawn1

Syllabification: fawn
Pronunciation: /fôn
 
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noun

1A young deer in its first year.
Example sentences
  • There is also the loss of wild life, especially deer and their young fawns who graze high on the mountain slope and shelter in the forestry.
  • Of course the original snowdoll melted in the end, and also some of the younger deer - fawns - used to lick it, which didn't help, but there you go.
  • Most of their predation of deer is on fawns, although several members of a pack could bring down an adult.
2A light yellowish-brown color.
Example sentences
  • They are the descendants of an ancient population of fawn or brown coloured cattle which originally came from Asia.
  • Foliage dwellers vary in colour from fawn to brown or bright green.
  • Eye-witness reports suggest the plane was a high-wing single engine aircraft, fawn coloured and brown underneath.

verb

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(Of a deer) produce young.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French faon, based on Latin fetus 'offspring'; compare with fetus.

Phrases

in fawn

1
(Of a deer) pregnant.

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There are 2 main definitions of fawn in English:

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fawn2

Syllabification: fawn
Pronunciation: /fôn
 
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verb

[no object]
1(Of a person) give a servile display of exaggerated flattery or affection, typically in order to gain favor or advantage: congressmen fawn over the President
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  • Are there any musicians that you would fawn over if you had the chance?
  • If you loved him before, you'll probably fawn over this picture.
  • Just because all the girls fawn over you doesn't mean you're that good-looking.
Synonyms
informal bootlicking, smarmy, sucky, brown-nosing, toadying
1.1(Of an animal, especially a dog) show slavish devotion, especially by crawling and rubbing against someone.

Origin

Old English fagnian 'make or be glad'; related to fain.

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