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Wordnet 3.0


1. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery;
[syn: bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, toadyish]

2. attempting to win favor by flattery;
[syn: bootlicking, fawning, sycophantic, toadyish]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] You showed your teeth like apes, and fawned like hounds. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Thou with trembling fear, Or like a fawning parasite, obeyest. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Courtiers who fawn on a master while they betray him. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

fawning adj 1: attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery [syn: bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, toadyish] 2: attempting to win favor by flattery [syn: bootlicking, fawning, sycophantic, toadyish]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

111 Moby Thesaurus words for "fawning": abject, adulation, adulatory, apple-polishing, ass-kissing, backscratching, beggarly, bland, blandishing, blandishment, blarney, blarneying, bootlicking, brown-nosing, bunkum, buttery, cajolement, cajolery, cajoling, compliant, compliment, complimentary, courtierly, courtly, cowering, crawling, cringing, crouching, deferential, envious, eyewash, fair words, fair-spoken, fawnery, fine-spoken, flattering, flattery, flunkyism, footlicking, fulsome, grease, groveling, gushing, handshaking, hangdog, honey-mouthed, honey-tongued, honeyed, honeyed phrases, honeyed words, humble, ignoble, incense, ingratiating, ingratiation, insincere, insinuating, insinuation, kowtowing, mealy-mouthed, mealymouthed, mealymouthedness, mean, obeisance, obeisant, obsequious, obsequiousness, oil, oily, oily-tongued, on bended knee, palaver, parasitic, parasitism, praise, pretty lies, prostrate, prostration, servile, slavish, slimy, slobbery, smarmy, smooth, smooth-spoken, smooth-tongued, sniveling, soap, soapy, soft soap, soft-soaping, spineless, sponging, submissive, subservient, sweet nothings, sweet talk, sweet words, sycophancy, sycophant, sycophantic, timeserving, toadeating, toadying, toadyish, toadyism, truckling, tufthunting, unctuous, wheedling, yielding