from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To exhibit affection or attempt to please, as a dog does by wagging its tail, whining, or cringing.
- intransitive v. To seek favor or attention by flattery and obsequious behavior.
- n. A young deer, especially one less than a year old.
- n. A grayish yellow-brown to moderate reddish brown.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A young deer.
- n. A pale brown colour tinted with yellow, like that of a fawn.
- adj. Of the fawn colour.
- v. To exhibit affection or attempt to please.
- v. To seek favour by flattery and obsequious behaviour.
- v. To wag its tail, to show devotion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A young deer; a buck or doe of the first year. See buck.
- n. The young of an animal; a whelp.
- n. A fawn color.
- adj. Of the color of a fawn; fawn-colored.
- intransitive v. To bring forth a fawn.
- intransitive v. To court favor by low cringing, frisking, etc., as a dog; to flatter meanly; -- often followed by on or upon.
- n. A servile cringe or bow; mean flattery; sycophancy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To show fondness or desire in the manner of a dog or other animal; manifest pleasure or gratitude, or court notice or favor, by demonstrative actions, especially by crouching, licking the hand, or the like; act caressingly and submissively: absolutely or with on or upon.
- To flatter meanly; use blandishments; act servilely; cringe and bow to gain favor: used absolutely or with on or upon.
- To show fondness toward in the manner of a dog; act servilely toward; cringe to.
- n. A servile cringe or bow; mean flattery.
- n. A young deer; a buck or doe of the first year.
- n. The young of some other animal.
- To bring forth a fawn.
- n. The color of the fawn; a light yellowish brown.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a young deer
- v. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
- v. have fawns
- v. show submission or fear
- n. a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color
Middle English faunen, from Old English fagnian, to rejoice, from fagen, fægen, glad.
Middle English, from Old French foun, faon, feon, young animal, from Vulgar Latin *fētō, *fētōn-, from Latin fētus, offspring.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French faon. (Wiktionary)
From Old English fahnian. Akin to Old Norse fagna ("to rejoice"). See also fain. (Wiktionary)