Meaning of FAWN in English

I. ˈfȯn, ˈfän intransitive verb

Etymology: Middle English faunen, from Old English fagnian to rejoice, from fægen, fagan glad — more at fain

Date: 13th century

1. : to show affection — used especially of a dog

2. : to court favor by a cringing or flattering manner

• fawn·er noun

• fawn·ing·ly ˈfȯ-niŋ-lē, ˈfä- adverb


fawn , toady , truckle , cringe , cower mean to behave abjectly before a superior. fawn implies seeking favor by servile flattery or exaggerated attention

waiters fawning over a celebrity

toady suggests the attempt to ingratiate oneself by an abjectly menial or subservient attitude

toadying to his boss

truckle implies the subordination of oneself and one's desires or judgment to those of a superior

truckling to a powerful lobbyist

cringe suggests a bowing or shrinking in fear or servility

a cringing sycophant

cower suggests a display of abject fear in the company of threatening or domineering people

cowering before a bully

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English foun, from Anglo-French feun, foon young of an animal, from Vulgar Latin * feton-, feto, from Latin fetus offspring — more at fetus

Date: 14th century

1. : a young deer ; especially : one still unweaned or retaining a distinctive baby coat

2. : kid 1

3. : a light grayish brown

• fawny ˈfȯ-nē, ˈfä- adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.