fawning

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

medium

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

exaggeratedly flattering

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The adjective ‘fawning’ is used in a disapproving fashion to express the use of excessive praise or the act of giving somebody a lot of insincere attention in order to win favour or get something you want. Typically, such behaviour is totally devoid of subtlety, displaying a lack of self-awareness and making it a source of irritation for others.

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Antonyms imperious,domineering

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  1. There is nobody around the boss to offer objective advice or a dissenting opinion. Instead, she is surrounded by fawning sycophants.

  2. Maria was livid when she saw her husband fawning all over that lady at the party. He was quite brazen about it.

  3. Tom opened his speech at the conference by giving a fawning description of himself. He didn’t realise it, but it immediately turned most of the audience against him.

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