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FAWN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fawn mean? 

FAWN (noun)
  The noun FAWN has 2 senses:

1. a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color
2. young deer

  Familiarity information: FAWN used as a noun is rare.


FAWN (verb)
  The verb FAWN has 3 senses:

1. show submission or fear
2. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
3. have fawns

  Familiarity information: FAWN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FAWN (noun)


Sense 1fawn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

fawn; grayish brown; greyish brown; dun

Context example:

she wore dun

Hypernyms ("fawn" is a kind of...):

light brown (a brown that is light but unsaturated)


Sense 2fawn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Young deer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("fawn" is a kind of...):

young mammal (any immature mammal)

cervid; deer (distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers)


FAWN (verb)


Sense 1fawn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Show submission or fear

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

fawn; grovel; cower; cringe; crawl; creep

Hypernyms (to "fawn" is one way to...):

bend; flex (form a curve)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2fawn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

bootlick; kotow; toady; truckle; kowtow; fawn; suck up

Context example:

He is always kowtowing to his boss

Hypernyms (to "fawn" is one way to...):

blandish; flatter (praise somewhat dishonestly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fawn"):

court favor; court favour; curry favor; curry favour (seek favor by fawning or flattery)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue fawn


Sense 3fawn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have fawns

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context example:

deer fawn

Hypernyms (to "fawn" is one way to...):

litter (give birth to a litter of animals)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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