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fawning


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  You  showed  your  teeth  like  apes,  and  fawned  like 
  hounds.  --Shak. 
 
  Thou  with  trembling  fear,  Or  like  a  fawning  parasite, 
  obeyest  --Milton. 
 
  Courtiers  who  fawn  on  a  master  while  they  betray  him 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fawning 
  adj  :  attempting  to  win  favor  from  influential  people  by  flattery 
  [syn:  {bootlicking},  {obsequious},  {sycophantic},  {toadyish}] 




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