- to handle or touch lovingly, affectionately, or tenderly; caress: to fondle a precious object; to fondle a child.
- Obsolete. to treat with fond indulgence.
- to show fondness, as by manner, words, or caresses.
Origin of fondle
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Examples from the Web for fondling
In April, an Uber driver was charged with fondling a passenger in Chicago.Can Rudy Giuliani Rescue Uber?
July 16, 2014
It was an uberX driver who was charged with fondling a passenger in Chicago in March.Uber’s Battle Against Its Drivers Continues
July 8, 2014
Woolfolk told Galasso that the priest started by fondling him as a young boy, which escalated to rape by the time he was 12.Carmine Galasso’s ‘Crosses’: Childhoods Robbed by the Church
The Daily Beast
March 11, 2013
When sons Joe Jr. and Jack enter his office, Joe Sr. continues his fondling as his sons look on, “amused.”8 Crazy Scenes From The Kennedys
January 13, 2011
He wished to run about and make himself ill, to escape the fondling that disgusted him.Therese Raquin
But worse than all, I see you fondling the notion that you are rich.The Economist
You have been feeling and fondling, and you see the natural consequence.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
"Don't ask me," sighed the little man, fondling his red whiskers.Frank Merriwell Down South
Burt L. Standish
She flushed at this, but said never a word, only biting her nether lip and fondling the child.John Splendid
- (tr) to touch or stroke tenderly; caress
- (intr) archaic to act in a loving manner
Word Origin and History for fondling
1690s, "treat with indulgence and affection," frequentative of fond "dote upon" (see fond). Sense of "caress" first recorded 1796. Related: Fondled; fondling (1670s as a past participle adjective).