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fond Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite having or displaying warmth or affection
    lovesome; affectionate; tender; warm.
    • affectionate children
    • a fond embrace
    • fond of his nephew
    • a tender glance
    • a warm embrace
  2. adjective satellite extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent
    adoring; doting.
    • adoring grandparents
    • deceiving her preoccupied and doting husband with a young captain
    • hopelessly spoiled by a fond mother
  3. adjective satellite (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for
    • fond of chocolate
    • partial to horror movies
  4. adjective satellite absurd or silly because unlikely
    • fond hopes of becoming President
    • fond fancies

  1. imp. of Find. Found. Chaucer.
Fond adjective
For fonned, p. p. of OE. fonnen to be foolish. See Fon.
comparative Fonder ; superlative Fondest
  1. Foolish; silly; simple; weak. Archaic
    Grant I may never prove so fond To trust man on his oath or bond. Shak.
  2. Foolishly tender and loving; weakly indulgent; over-affectionate.
  3. Affectionate; loving; tender; -- in a good sense; as, a fond mother or wife. Addison.
  4. Loving; much pleased; affectionately regardful, indulgent, or desirous; longing or yearning; -- followed by of (formerly also by on).
    More fond on her than she upon her love. Shak.
    You are as fond of grief as of your child. Shak.
    A great traveler, and fond of telling his adventures. Irving.
  5. Doted on; regarded with affection. R.
    Nor fix on fond abodes to circumscribe thy prayer. Byron.
  6. Trifling; valued by folly; trivial. Obs. Shak.
Fond transitive verb
  1. To caress; to fondle. Obs.
    The Tyrian hugs and fonds thee on her breast. Dryden.
Fond intransitive verb
  1. To be fond; to dote. Obs. Shak.

Webster 1913