fawning

Definitions

  • "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
    "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fawning attempting to win favor by flattery
    • adj fawning attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n fawning The act of caressing or flattering servilely; mean obsequiousness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fawning mean flattery: sycophancy
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of fain, to rejoice—A.S. fægen, glad.

Usage

In literature:

There was also Barrington Erle and young Lord Fawn, an Under-Secretary of State.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
That was before the fawns were brought by airplane across the Canyon!
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
The fawn had taken his morning meal and now lay curled up on a bed of moss.
"The Ontario Readers" by Ontario Ministry of Education
What would Lord Fawn do here?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
That the latter had fawned and flattered should have warned him what to expect, later on, but it did not.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
His first question was for Fawn Eyes, the little Ogalalla maiden whose history he seemed to know.
"A Daughter of the Sioux" by Charles King
In a moment the hounds were on him leaping and tearing at the fawn.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The fur is long, soft, and glossy, fulvous fawn brown above, paler below; feet dingy grey.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Just then a Little Lame Fox came limping up on three feet, and whimpering and fawning it begged for something to eat.
"The Laughing Prince" by Parker Fillmore
A very touching story of the devotion of deer to their fawns comes from America.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
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In poetry:

Thou too, O dog, whose faithful zeal
Fawns on some ruffian grim,--
He stripes thy skin with many a weal,
And yet,-- thou lovest him.
"Cruelty" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Shall steal out and make a treaty
With the grasses and the showers,
Rail against the grey town-mother,
Fawn upon the scornful flowers;
"The Lamp Post" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Good-Fortune is a giddy maid,
Fickle and restless as a fawn;
She smoothes your hair; and then the jade
Kisses you quickly, and is gone.
"Prologue" by Heinrich Heine
Here oft the little fair retir'd;
Here lov'd from gayer scenes withdrawn,
To breathe, what harmony inspir'd--
A dirge to memorize the fawn!
"The Stag" by William Hayley
No fawning, sycophantic whine,
Marr'd the clear note thy spirit blew,
Thy stirring words, thy gift divine,
Were to thyself and country true.
"Robert Burns" by Thomas Frederick Young
"The fawns and birds, that know our call,
Are waiting for our presence—see,
They wait my presence, love; and thee,
The most desired of all.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

In it, Knox says most "orphaned" fawns aren't abandoned at all.
This is the time for the appearance of fawns .
Deer are on the move in the spring and can be unpredictable near a road or highway, and when the fawns start traveling with their mothers, they have no concept of vehicles on roadways.
Thomasville hunter nurses newborn fawn .
Feed the Animals this Summer at Fawn -Doe-Rosa Educational Wildlife Park.
So please remember to leave fawns alone if you see them.
We have received three calls in five days from people who have picked up fawns they came across.
Nature knows best, so please leave fawns alone when you see them alone and unharmed during the day.
One individual removed a fawn she thought had been abandoned.
Former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane talks with Fawn Hall, former secretary for Lt Col. Oliver North during a White House Correspondents' Dinner.
People love to fawn over Starbucks online.
We went out to the area the deer was concentrating on and could hear a baby fawn crying in the rocks.
Fawn Bennett June 30, 1960 — Nov 5, 2007.
Fawn Bennet, 47, a resident of Sedona, died Nov 5.
The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is called Feisty Fawn , and about all I can see it being good for is venison.
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