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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Abandoned fawns have been reared on a bottle, only to die within a few months.
▪ Colours were brutal and depressing; dank shades like dung and army-blanket fawn.
▪ She has two young calves that look remarkably like fawns without spots.
▪ A fawn jacket over the top.
▪ Her hair was a thick glossy bush of pale fawn brown, not quite shoulder-length.
▪ Everyone crowded round, fawning at him and readily taking up his offer of free drinks.
▪ The adverts scold us and cajole us and wheedle us and fawn us to keep up with the Joneses.
▪ The Salomon salesmen fawn over the thrift men.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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

  1. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

  3. A fawn color.


Fawn \Fawn\, a. Of the color of a fawn; fawn-colored.


Fawn \Fawn\, v. i. [Cf. F. faonner.] To bring forth a fawn.


Fawn \Fawn\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fawned; p. pr. & vb. n. Fawning.] [OE. fawnen, fainen, fagnien, to rejoice, welcome, flatter, AS. f[ae]gnian 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.

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

Courtiers who fawn on a master while they betray him.


Fawn \Fawn\, n. A servile cringe or bow; mean flattery; sycophancy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"young deer," mid-14c., from Anglo-French (late 13c.), Old French (12c.) faon, feon "young animal," especially "young deer," from Vulgar Latin *fetonem (nominative *feto), from Latin fetus "a bringing forth; an offspring" (see fetus). It was used of the young of any animal as recently as King James I's private translation of the Psalms, but the sense has been mainly of deer since 15c. Color use is by 1881.


Old English fægnian "rejoice, be glad, exult, applaud," from fægen "glad" (see fain); used in Middle English to refer to expressions of delight, especially a dog wagging its tail (early 13c.), hence "court favor, grovel, act slavishly" (early 14c.). Related: Fawned; fawning.


Etymology 1

  1. Of the fawn colour. n. 1 A young deer. 2 A pale brown colour tinted with yellow, like that of a fawn. 3 (context obsolete English) The young of an animal; a whelp. v

  2. (context intransitive English) To give birth to a fawn. Etymology 2

    vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To exhibit affection or attempt to please. 2 (context intransitive English) To seek favour by flattery and obsequious behaviour (with ''on'' or ''upon'').

  1. n. a color varying around light grayish brown; "she wore a dun raincoat" [syn: dun, grayish brown, greyish brown]

  2. young deer

  3. v. show submission or fear [syn: crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel]

  4. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss" [syn: toady, truckle, bootlick, kowtow, kotow, suck up]

  5. have fawns; "deer fawn"

Fawn (disambiguation)

A fawn is a young deer.

Fawn may also refer to:

Fawn (colour)

Fawn is a light yellowish tan colour. It is usually used in reference to clothing, soft furnishings and bedding, as well as to a dog's coat colour. It occurs in varying shades, ranging between pale tan to pale fawn to dark deer-red. The first recorded use of fawn as a colour name in English was in 1789.

Usage examples of "fawn".

The moment we had reached the long avenue, my young companion, as lively as a fawn, finding herself at liberty on the green sward, and enjoying that happy freedom for the first time in her life, began to run about and to give way to the spirit of cheerfulness which was natural to her.

There had been men, such as Lord Fawn on one side and Mr Boffin on the other, who had found themselves stranded disagreeably,--with no certain position,--unwilling to sit behind a Treasury bench from which they were excluded, and too shy to place themselves immediately opposite.

The women wore dull fashionless, rather than oldfashioned, coats and hats in black or grey or fawn, the mew even the young men, black suits topped by dark raincoats.

Like all girls, you spend your time fawning over the harridans who have established themselves as arbiters of taste.

The sand-diviner of the red bazaar, slipping like a reptile under the waving arms and between the furious bodies of the beggars, stood up before her with a smile on his wounded face, stretched out to her his emaciated hands with a fawning, yet half satirical, gesture of desire.

But the Diviner stopped him with a gesture, and in a fawning yet imperious voice called out something to the Count.

The day was extremely hot and I was wearing a short-sleeved fawn linen shirt made for me by Domediakis in Berwick Street, Soho, pale cream tropical nine-ounce double-pleated gabardine trousers from Adeney and Briggs and blue-and-white canvas yachting shoes.

As for putting your linga there, well, do not even consider it, but imagine the sensation of that close, soft, warm envelopment of it And behold the nipples, like thumbs, and their halos, like saucers, and all black as night against the golden fawn skin.

She was no mere girl, she told herself, to fawn over a lovesome face, but something about the man truly had caught her attention and she considered him more than she should, wondered what he thought both of her and her court.

It was wrinkled Sophonisba, the ancient Zulu witch-woman who had fawned on Marceline, keening from her cabin in a way which crowned the horrors of this nightmare tragedy.

The girl held a gourd against her thigh, its nubbly gold and orange a bright splotch of color on the pale fawn skin.

Lena Falls where the trooping sambhur go, But I can hear the little fawn that bleats behind the doe!

The three of yez Simms gals have got the complexion of doe fawns, and yez ought to glory in it.

Paris, her status as Prima Ballerina set her apart from the other girls, and there were those who fawned and wanted to be her, and those who plotted and were cold and wanted to be her, or those who were overtly jealous and wanted to be her.

Fawn and Fontayne wore their Brinker Bras under sheer blouses for the world to see.