fawning fawning  /ˈfɔ nɪŋ/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  2. (adj) attempting to win favor by flattery

Usage(s):

  1. When Steve Jobs holds forth in public, it's usually to a mob of fawning Apple-itesthe true believers who still develop software and accessories for Apple products.
  2. The overconfident pose, the fawning lackeys, the weird eyewear that suggests that no one can speak directly to himthe North Korean leader is a poster boy for dictatorship.
  3. Since then, the fawning attention to the seven-month-old service has come full-circle as reviewers have begun to realize how boring most people's lives really are.

News

  1. Showtime Chairman Matt Blank takes shot at media

    WASHINGTON -- Showtime Chairman Matt Blank is tired of the entertainment and technology media fawning over new companies and platforms and saying traditional media are on life support.        
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Film Review: The Internship

    Clichéd comedy reuniting Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson is primarily a fawning tribute to Google.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Film Journal

  3. Outdoors: Birds singing out (sometimes poorly) for the glories of morning

    With vegetation now thick enough to hide their babies and lush enough to provide for good milk production, does are fawning. Tuna have arrived, stripers are everywhere, and evening mayfly hatches are prolific.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Quotes

  1. "While the BBC does report royal matters pretty straightforwardly, as it should, there is still a fawning taste, a fawning sense to the tone of voice it adopts when dealing with the heir to throne and his family," Paxman said. "They do not...
    on Oct 7, 2008 By: Jeremy Paxman Source: guardian.co.uk

  2. "She wouldn't have articulated one coherent policy and people would just be fawning all over her," said Andrew Halcro, a Republican turned independent, who along with Tony Knowles, a Democrat, ran against Ms. Palin for governor in 2006. "Tony...
    on Aug 29, 2008 By: Andrew Halcro Source: New York Times

  3. "Not everyone in the evangelical movement is fawning over Sarah Palin," Cizik says. "The irony of it is that John McCain can't speak with an evangelical voice of faith - let's face it, it's just not his thing - so I guess the substitute is...
    on Sep 22, 2008 By: Rich Cizik Source: The Colorado Independent

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