Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb fawn

3 senses of fawn

Sense 1
fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel -- (show submission or fear)
       => bend, flex -- (form a curve; "The stick does not bend")

Sense 2
fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, kowtow, kotow, suck up -- (try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss")
       => flatter, blandish -- (praise somewhat dishonestly)

Sense 3
fawn -- (have fawns; "deer fawn")
       => give birth, deliver, bear, birth, have -- (cause to be born; "My wife had twins yesterday!")

Antonyms of adj fawning

2 senses of fawning

Sense 1
bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, toadyish -- (attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery)

INDIRECT (VIA insincere) -> sincere -- (open and genuine; not deceitful; "he was a good man, decent and sincere"; "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"; "sincere friendship")

Sense 2
bootlicking, fawning, sycophantic, toadyish -- (attempting to win favor by flattery)

INDIRECT (VIA servile) -> unservile, unsubmissive -- (not servile or submissive)

Similarity of adj fawning

2 senses of fawning

Sense 1
bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, toadyish -- (attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery)
       => insincere (vs. sincere) -- (lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere")

Sense 2
bootlicking, fawning, sycophantic, toadyish -- (attempting to win favor by flattery)
       => servile (vs. unservile) -- (submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work")

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