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. [1913 Webster]

You showed your teeth like apes, and fawned like hounds. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thou with trembling fear, Or like a fawning parasite, obeyest. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Courtiers who fawn on a master while they betray him. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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