Meaning of fawning in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɔːnɪŋ/

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  • Displaying exaggerated flattery or affection; obsequious.

    ‘fawning adoration’
    • ‘fawning interviews with Hollywood celebs’
    • ‘Then he saw a young man come to the entrance of the courtyard, the swineherds dogs fawning upon him.’
    • ‘Inside I was annoyed he wasn't fawning all over me.’
    • ‘The Roman satirists savagely expose the fawning homage heaped upon the childless rich.’
    • ‘We need good-natured tolerance, not fawning submission where ethnicity is concerned.’
    • ‘He contented himself with fawning attentions to his reluctant wife.’
    • ‘The biographer's fawning first chapter sets the tone.’
    • ‘I just wrote a fawning little feature article about him for the NBA Finals program.’
    • ‘Even with a fawning audience, he wouldn't tolerate a record of any sort of embarrassment.’
    • ‘That will at least turn what might feel like endless fawning into a two-way conversation.’
    • ‘I just started writing all these fawning blog posts about her.’
    • ‘Neither option really appealed to Darcy, but anything had to be better than spending the day with Caroline fawning over him.’
    • ‘Goethe, Heidegger, and Stefan Georg were all surrounded by fawning disciples.’
    • ‘Reliable code, after all, doesn't generate fawning press, or indeed any press at all.’
    • ‘What with his mother and Miss Darcy fawning all over him, Jeremy was certainly having a good time.’
    • ‘It is a sacrilege to his fawning American fans to think that he can do any wrong.’
    • ‘For Norman, a beautiful young white girl fawning on his every word was one of the reasons he got into film in the first place.’
    • ‘Even the corporate media, for all its fawning cowardice, hasn't been as derelict as blog rhetoric would paint it.’
    • ‘No one will be fawning over him simply because he is a prince and likely to foot the bar bill.’
    • ‘Are these worthy of fawning cover stories?’
    • ‘The fawning, celebrity-worshiping media should keep this in mind.’