- having a liking or affection for (usually followed by of): to be fond of animals.
- loving; affectionate: to give someone a fond look.
- excessively tender or overindulgent; doting: a fond parent.
- cherished with strong or unreasoning feeling: to nourish fond hopes of becoming president.
- Archaic. foolish or silly.
- Archaic. foolishly credulous or trusting.
Origin of fond1
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Examples from the Web for fonder
But I imagine that we got fonder of each other, and he put me up for things.My Conversation with John Updike
Barbara Probst Solomon
January 29, 2009
I am fonder of you than any other man I know, but it is the fondness of long friendship.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
It's fonder she was of Michael, and would any one have thought that?Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
They were not fonder of the lock-up than are most boys who deserve that punishment.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
One young lady declared that she was fonder of music than anything in the world.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
There is nothing I am fonder of—— Sometimes I tickle the soles of my feet with it.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
- (postpositive foll by of) predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
- loving; tendera fond embrace
- indulgent; dotinga fond mother
- (of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realizedhe had fond hopes of starting his own business
- archaic, or dialect
- the background of a design, as in lace
- obsolete fund; stock
Word Origin and History for fonder
mid-14c., originally "foolish, silly," from past tense of fonnen "to fool, be foolish," perhaps from Middle English fonne "fool" (early 14c.), of uncertain origin; or possibly related to fun.
Meaning evolved by 1590 via "foolishly tender" to "having strong affections for." Another sense of fonne was "to lose savor," which may be the original meaning of the word (e.g. Wyclif: "Gif þe salt be fonnyd it is not worþi," c.1380). Related: Fonder; fondest.