But I imagine that we got fonder of each other, and he put me up for things.
He had slight ability, and was fonder of the pleasures of life than of measures for the good of his country and subjects.
He was a wild boy, and was fonder of wild company than of his books.
And these men were fond of each other; the fonder perhaps because each of them had now cause for sorrow.
I think Ruby, perhaps, is more engaging, and fonder of us than Diamond.
They are fonder of the north than the south side of the hills.
Positively I think she has been fonder of me since we measured our strength.'
The pretended ladies, the more we talked, the fonder they seemed to be of me.
I am fonder of Hinton than of any other creature in the world except my own child.
I am fonder of Dove than anything else—it is my heart's food and sole sustenance.
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.