Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To exhibit affection or attempt to please, as a dog does by wagging its tail, whining, or cringing.
  • intransitive verb To seek favor or attention by flattery and obsequious behavior.
  • noun A young deer, especially one less than a year old.
  • noun A grayish yellow-brown to moderate reddish brown.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bring forth a fawn.
  • 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.
  • noun A young deer; a buck or doe of the first year.
  • noun The young of some other animal.
  • noun The color of the fawn; a light yellowish brown.
  • noun A servile cringe or bow; mean flattery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A servile cringe or bow; mean flattery; sycophancy.
  • adjective Of the color of a fawn; fawn-colored.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A young deer; a buck or doe of the first year. See buck.
  • noun obsolete The young of an animal; a whelp.
  • noun A fawn color.
  • intransitive verb To court favor by low cringing, frisking, etc., as a dog; to flatter meanly; -- often followed by on or upon.
  • intransitive verb To bring forth a fawn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To exhibit affection or attempt to please.
  • verb intransitive To seek favour by flattery and obsequious behaviour.
  • verb intransitive, of a dog To wag its tail, to show devotion.
  • noun A young deer.
  • noun A pale brown colour tinted with yellow, like that of a fawn.
  • adjective Of the fawn colour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a young deer
  • verb try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
  • verb have fawns
  • verb show submission or fear
  • noun a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English faunen, from Old English fagnian, to rejoice, from fagen, fægen, glad.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French foun, faon, feon, young animal, from Vulgar Latin *fētō, *fētōn-, from Latin fētus, offspring; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English fahnian. Akin to Old Norse fagna ("to rejoice"). See also fain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French faon.

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