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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawn]
    • /fɔn/
    • /fɔː.nɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawn]
    • /fɔn/

Definitions of fawning word

  • noun fawning a young deer, especially an unweaned one. 1
  • noun fawning a light yellowish-brown color. 1
  • adjective fawning light yellowish-brown. 1
  • verb without object fawning to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor: The courtiers fawned over the king. 1
  • verb without object fawning (of a dog) to behave affectionately. 1
  • noun fawning Displaying exaggerated flattery or affection; obsequious. 1

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Origin of fawning

First appearance:

before 1225
One of the 9% oldest English words
1225-75; Middle English fawn, foun < Middle French faon, foun, feon ≪ Vulgar Latin *fētōn-, stem of *fētō offspring, derivative of Latin fētus fetus

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Parts of speech for Fawning


fawning popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fawning

adj fawning

  • flattering — to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention.
  • humble — not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
  • cringing — servile; obsequious
  • crawling — a defect in freshly applied paint or varnish characterized by bare patches and ridging
  • ingratiating — charming; agreeable; pleasing.

adjective fawning

  • smarmy — excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.: the emcee with the smarmy welcome.
  • deferential — Someone who is deferential is polite and respectful towards someone else.
  • groveling — to humble oneself or act in an abject manner, as in great fear or utter servility.
  • snivelling — to weep or cry with sniffling.

noun fawning

  • unctuous — characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug.
  • toadying — an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
  • eyewash — Cleansing solution for a person’s eye.
  • flummery — oatmeal or flour boiled with water until thick.
  • subservience — serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate.

Antonyms for fawning

adj fawning

  • aloof — Someone who is aloof is not very friendly and does not like to spend time with other people.
  • disinterested — unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives: a disinterested decision by the referee.
  • unfriendly — not amicable; not friendly or kindly in disposition; unsympathetic; aloof: an unfriendly coldness of manner.
  • cool — Something that is cool has a temperature which is low but not very low.
  • proud — feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself (often followed by of, an infinitive, or a clause).

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