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[fond] /fɒnd/
adjective, fonder, fondest.
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
1300-50; Middle English fond, fonned (past participle of fonnen to be foolish, orig., to lose flavor, sour)
2. cherishing. 5. infatuated. 6. gullible. Unabridged
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  • I am fonder of you than any other man I know, but it is the fondness of long friendship.

  • 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 Isabella Alden
  • 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.

  • "You seem to be fonder of me than you were a while ago," observed the jelly-fish, dryly.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • He who toils in it loves it with a fonder love than the great lord who owns it.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • I've always been fonder of you than any of the others and I'm mighty fond of them.


    Jane Abbott
  • She is fonder of me than ever; prest me to go with her to Maryland this Winter.

British Dictionary definitions for fonder


(postpositive) foll by of. predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
loving; tender: a fond embrace
indulgent; doting: a fond mother
(of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realized: he had fond hopes of starting his own business
(archaic or dialect)
  1. foolish
  2. credulous
Derived Forms
fondly, adverb
fondness, noun
Word Origin
C14 fonned, from fonnen to be foolish, from fonne a fool


/fɒnd; French fɔ̃/
the background of a design, as in lace
(obsolete) fund; stock
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin fundus bottom; see fund
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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.

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