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Definition showing excessive flattery or affection

"Fawn" is also used to describe a young deer.
  • She fawns all over her children.
fawns = shows excessive flattery or affection
  • It's disgusting to watch her fawn over everything her boss says while she hopes for a promotion.
  • fawn = show excessive flattery or affection
  • The dog yelped running to them, reared up and pawed them, dropping on all fours, again reared up at them with mute bearish fawning.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • fawning = showing excessive affection
  • When that first crew had come, I had been a desperate thing, ready to fawn on anyone who smiled at me.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • fawn = show excessive affection
  • Are we all jackals, to fawn on this cattle butcher?
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • fawn = show excessive affection
  • I bet Krum can see right through him, though.... bet he gets people fawning over him all the time...
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
  • Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what abject humiliation!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
  • [Aside] How like a fawning publican he looks!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
  • Khanum Taheri's chaperoning made our meetings, if not gossip-proof, then less gossip-worthy, even if her borderline fawning on me clearly embarrassed Soraya.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
  • As soon as I was back again he returned to his former manner, half fawning, half sneering, patted me on the shoulder, told me I was a good boy and he had taken quite a fancy to me.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
  • Calypso fawned over him, and you turned his men to pigs.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • fawned = showed excessive affection
  • How I would make him fawn, and beg, and seek,
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • fawn = show excessive flattery or affection
  • I find myself pleased when slum people bow and scrape and fawn over me.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • fawn = show excessive flattery or affection
  • Thy brother by decree is banished: If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn for him, I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • fawn = show affection
  • Why should I fawn? what have I worse to fear?
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • fawn = show excessive flattery or affection
  • How the court ladies must fawn over you!
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • fawn = show excessive flattery or affection
  •   I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius,
      The more you beat me, I will fawn on you:
      Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
      Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,
      Unworthy as I am, to follow you.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • fawn = show excessive affection
  • She would go and fawn upon him slavelike—for this would have to be her attitude, of course—and maybe she would find that time had modified him, and that he would be glad to see his long-forgotten old nurse and treat her gently.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • fawn = show excessive flattery or affection
  • "It's not that," said he, "but she charged him, in the presence of her intended husband, with being disappointed in the hope of fawning upon her for his own advancement, and, if he were to go to her now, it would look true—even to him—and even to her."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
  • I removed the habit, and there shone forth beneath a grand plaid silk frock, white trousers, and burnished shoes; and, while her eyes sparkled joyfully when the dogs came bounding up to welcome her, she dared hardly touch them lest they should fawn upon her splendid garments.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
fawn = jump on (show excessive affection)

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