fawn

A fawn is a young deer, but it's also a verb meaning to try and win favor by flattering. You might fawn over Bambi if you want to hang out with the cute and fuzzy gang.

As a verb, fawn either refers to an attempt to get on someone’s good side, or, oddly enough, to give birth to a deer. If you're a human, fawning is an age-old art that might get you what you want but can be very unattractive. If you ever come into possession of a great fortune, watch out for sudden friends who want to fawn over you and shower you with presents. They probably have dollar signs in their eyes.

Definitions of fawn
  1. noun
    a young deer
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    type of:
    young mammal
    any immature mammal
    cervid, deer
    distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
  2. verb
    have fawns
    “deer fawn
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    type of:
    bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
    cause to be born
  3. verb
    try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
    synonyms: bootlick, kotow, kowtow, suck up, toady, truckle
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    types:
    court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour
    seek favor by fawning or flattery
    type of:
    blandish, flatter
    praise somewhat dishonestly
  4. verb
    show submission or fear
    synonyms: cower, crawl, creep, cringe, grovel
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    type of:
    bend, flex
    form a curve
  5. noun
    a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color
    synonyms: dun, grayish brown, greyish brown
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    type of:
    light brown
    a brown that is light but unsaturated
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