fawn
Pronunciation Noun

fawn (plural fawns)

  1. A young deer.
  2. A pale brown colour tinted with yellow, like that of a fawn.
     
  3. (obsolete) The young of an animal; a whelp.
    • [The tigress] […] followeth […] after her fawns.
Translations Translations
  • German: hellbraun, beigebraun; (of hair also) dunkelblond
  • Italian: fulvo chiaro, marrone chiaro
  • Portuguese: fulvo
  • Russian: желтовато-кори́чневый
  • Spanish: beis, marrón claro
Adjective

fawn (not comparable)

  1. Of the fawn colour.
Translations Verb

fawn (fawns, present participle fawning; past and past participle fawned)

  1. (intransitive) To give birth to a fawn.
Verb

fawn (fawns, present participle fawning; 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).
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      You showed your teeth like apes, and fawned like hounds.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 23, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    Synonyms: grovel, wheedle, soft-soap, toady
  3. (intransitive, of a dog) To show devotion or submissiveness by wagging its tail, nuzzling, licking, etc.
Translations
  • Italian: dimostrare affetto, fare le feste
  • Portuguese: agradar
  • Russian: ласка́ться
Translations Translations Noun

fawn (plural fawns)

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



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