Fawn (?), n. [OF. faon the young one of any beast, a fawn, F. faon a fawn, for fedon, fr. L. fetus. See Fetus.]

1. Zool.

A young deer; a buck or doe of the first year. See Buck.

2.

The young of an animal; a whelp.

[Obs.]

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

3.

A fawn color.

 

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Fawn, a.

Of the color of a fawn; fawn-colored.

 

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Fawn, v. i. [Cf. F. faonner.]

To bring forth a fawn.

 

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Fawn, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fawned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Fawning.] [OE. fawnen, fainen, fagnien, to rejoice, welcome, flatter, AS. faegnian to rejoice; akin to Icel. fagna to rejoice, welcome. See Fain.]

To court favor by low cringing, frisking, etc., as a dog; to flatter meanly; -- often followed by on or upon.

You showed your teeth like apes, and fawned like hounds. Shak.

Thou with trembling fear, Or like a fawning parasite, obeyest. Milton.

Courtiers who fawn on a master while they betray him. Macaulay.

 

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Fawn, n.

A servile cringe or bow; mean flattery; sycophancy.

Shak.

 

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