- 1A young deer in its first year: a six-month-old roe fawnMore 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.
- 2 [mass noun] A light brown colour: soft shades of pale green and fawn [as modifier]: a fawn dressMore 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.
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late Middle English: from Old French faon, based on Latin fetus 'offspring'; compare with fetus.
- 1(Of a person) give a servile display of exaggerated flattery or affection, typically in order to gain favour: congressmen fawn over the PresidentMore example sentences
be obsequious to, be sycophantic to, be servile to, curry favour with, pay court to, play up to, crawl to, creep to, ingratiate oneself with, dance attendance on, fall over oneself for, kowtow to, toady to, truckle to, bow and scrape before, grovel before, cringe before, abase oneself before; flatter, praise, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, praise to excess, eulogize• informal sweet-talk, soft-soap, suck up to, make up to, smarm around, be all over, fall all over, butter up, lick someone's boots, rub up the right way, lay it on thick, lay it on with a trowelAustralian/New Zealand • informal smoodge to• vulgar slang kiss someone's arseobsequious, servile, sycophantic, flattering, ingratiating, unctuous, oleaginous, oily, toadyish, slavish, bowing and scraping, grovelling, abject, crawling, creeping, cringing, prostrate, Uriah HeepishNorth American • informal brown-nosing• rare saponaceous
- 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.
Old English fagnian 'make or be glad', of Germanic origin; related to fain.