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fawn

Definitions

  • "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
    "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fawn have fawns "deer fawn"
    • v fawn try to gain favor by cringing or flattering "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
    • v fawn show submission or fear
    • n fawn a young deer
    • n fawn a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color "she wore dun"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

From 'THE WHITE FAWN From 'THE WHITE FAWN
THE WHITE FAWN THE WHITE FAWN
Prince and Fawn Prince and Fawn
THE STAG AND THE FAWN THE STAG AND THE FAWN

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An American cow called Fawn was not afraid of flying. In May 1963, she was swept up by a tornado and carried half a mile, only to land safely in another farmer's field. Five years later, another tornado carried her over a bus. She survived this too, and lived to the ripe old age of 25.
    • Fawn A fawn color.
    • n Fawn A servile cringe or bow; mean flattery; sycophancy.
    • Fawn (Zoöl) A young deer; a buck or doe of the first year. See Buck.
    • a Fawn Of the color of a fawn; fawn-colored.
    • Fawn The young of an animal; a whelp. "The tigress] . . . followeth . . . after her fawns ."
    • v. i Fawn To bring forth a fawn.
    • v. i Fawn 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • 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.
    • fawn To flatter meanly; use blandishments; act servilely; cringe and bow to gain favor: used absolutely or with on or upon.
    • fawn To show fondness toward in the manner of a dog; act servilely toward; cringe to.
    • n fawn A servile cringe or bow; mean flattery.
    • n fawn A young deer; a buck or doe of the first year.
    • n fawn The young of some other animal.
    • fawn To bring forth a fawn.
    • n fawn The color of the fawn; a light yellowish brown.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fawn fawn a young deer
    • adj Fawn resembling a fawn in colour
    • v.i Fawn to bring forth a fawn
    • v.i Fawn fawn to cringe, to flatter in a servile way (with upon)
    • n Fawn (rare) a servile cringe or bow: mean flattery
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Quotations

  • Junius
    Junius
    “It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fawnen, fainen, fagnien, to rejoice, welcome, flatter, AS. fægnian, to rejoice; akin to Icel. fagna, to rejoice, welcome. See Fain

Usage

In literature:

Tell the warriors they must wash their hands in the blood of a young fawn.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
White Fawn, their mother, was baking corn bread on the coals of the wigwam fire.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
But the fawns gave no heed after the first alarm.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
Suddenly the sensitive ears came forward at the crackling of a twig and the fawn half rose to his feet.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
PAUL BECOMES SKIPPER OF THE FAWN.
"Little By Little" by William Taylor Adams
Not a schoolboy who thought he could draw an outline in the sand with his toe but I have fawned on him.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
There is, here and there, a little fawn colour intermixed.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Presently two beautiful fawns came in sight.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The former is a fawn-coloured bird, with a black moustachial streak.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
The Master said, Smooth words and fawning looks are seldom found with love.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Seeing Telemachus, the watchful dogs Bark'd not, but fawn'd around him.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
Little Fawn was troubled and downcast.
"The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said" by Padraic Colum
The fawn, far more desirable than its elder, could be had for the mere finding.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
IN WHICH PHIL ANSWERS SOME INQUIRIES ABOUT THE FAWN, AND OTHER MATTERS.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
It had a reddish-brown plumage, with a fawn-coloured breast spotted with black.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
You must kill another fawn and I will make you a new tunic to replace the one you have spoiled.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
They have long, slender necks, and rich fawn-coloured coats, with patches of white across the shoulders and inside the legs.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The animals were tame; they wagged their tails and fawned like dogs, but the men were afraid of them.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
I've caught a fawn, and he'll get away!
"The Cabin on the Prairie" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
Warm reds and even flame-color can be worn, but ambers, yellows and fawns will be the more harmonious.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
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In poetry:

I listened for a tale of leaves
And smothered ferns,
Frond-forests; and the low, sly lives
Before the fawns.
"Miners" by Wilfred Owen
"The last of the troop that had heard
Finn's and Oscar's cry;
A doe and a fawn, and before,
A stag with head held high!"
"Reminiscence" by Padraic Colum
No thought of thine from art is drawn,
But Nature's pupil only;
Thou'rt graceful as a little fawn,
That dwells in forest lonely.
"To Laurestine" by Peter John Allan
The sympathetic pair agreed,
To form a grave without a spade;
Bury their fawn beneath a tree,
And chaunt a requiem to his shade.
"The Stag" by William Hayley
"Our duty to this hapless fawn
We will perform, and often fly
To hail his grave at early dawn;
Youth and misfortune claim a sigh!"
"The Stag" by William Hayley
Her glance is softer than the dawn's,
Her foot is lighter than the fawn's,
Her breast is whiter than the swan's,
Or thine, my Nora!
"My Nora" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Fellow golfers fawn over Rory McIlroy.
Thanks to Joelle Covelli for sending these photos of this little fawn in her backyard in West Seneca.
Deer, fawn Category: Clay and Dale, Photos.
Researchers hope to collar 40 fawns in each study area.
The experimental design calls for 40 fawns to be fitted with radio collars in both the northern (near Winter) and eastern (Shiocton) study areas.
Stephanie Hatala/NJLNS Your lawn: a neo-natal unit for fawns .
Seattle band Bronze Fawn 's smart and venturesome rock instrumentals fill up the KEXP studios during.
Female deer leave their fawns in secluded spots while they forage for food.
The fawns avoid being eaten by predators by remaining still until their mothers return.
Young fawns are still nursing and do not eat flowers and other foliage, Division of Wildlife spokeswoman Jamey Graham said.
In case you thought you'd seen and heard it all when it came to fawning Obama coverage, get a load of this from Politico.
Here is a great cat and fawn video from across the big pond.
Tech Giants Fawn over Small Fry.
At Martha's Trial, A Froufrou Fawn Nibbles Up the Scenery.
Fawns are so adorable but I'm sure I'll be angry at them when they start eating my flowers.
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