- 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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- a background or groundwork, especially of lace.
- Obsolete. fund; stock.
Origin of fond2
- to or toward the bottom; thoroughly; fully.
Examples from the Web for fond
Sometimes,” he is fond of telling the press, “the target draws the arrow.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
You also seem to be fond of the way the film treated gravity—as opposed to your reservations about the film Gravity.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
She met a Forbes at the club the other night who is fond of literature.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
For that matter, they never seemed too fond of anything adults liked in the way of books, movies, or music.Exile on Sesame Street: Keith Richards Writes a Kids’ Book
September 12, 2014
Commuters at Hackney Wick greeted by fond tribute to the late comedienne.London Transport's Cheeky Tribute to Joan Rivers
September 5, 2014
Aldonza had certainly not taught him the phrases he was so fond of repeating.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
It is impossible not to be fond of our mother now; for she is so fond of us!The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
I'm fond of Austin, God knows--but all my life he has been put in front of me.Viviette
William J. Locke
I can't begin to tell you how fond of her I am and always have been.
He was fond of hearing Grace's enthusiastic views of things.
- (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 fond
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.