[ fond ]
/ fɒnd /
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adjective, fond·er, fond·est.
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.
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Origin of fond1
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English fond, fonned “foolish, silly” (past participle of fonnen “to be foolish”
Other definitions for fond (2 of 2)
[ fond; French fawn ]
/ fɒnd; French fɔ̃ /
noun, plural fonds [fondz; French fawn]. /fɒndz; French fɔ̃/.
a background or groundwork, especially of lace.
Obsolete. fund; stock.
Origin of fond2
First recorded in 1655–65; from French; see origin at fund
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How to use fond in a sentence
Absence does not make the heart grow fonder, where books are concerned.Why Is Barnes and Noble Getting Out of the Bookstore Business?|Megan McArdle|February 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
As George Eliot says: “We get the fonder of our houses if they have a physiognomy of their own, as our friends have.”
A change had come over him since they parted; he had grown fonder of his parents, but colder to her.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
The jovial Campers became ever bluffer and heartier and fonder of them as song followed song.Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
"Absence hasn't made the heart grow any fonder," he reflected.The Opened Shutters|Clara Louise Burnham
Marmoset was fonder of riding than walking, so that Grampus had enough to do; but he did not put himself much about.Martin Rattler|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for fond (1 of 2)
/ (fɒnd) /
(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
Derived forms of fondfondly, adverbfondness, noun
Word Origin for fond
C14 fonned, from fonnen to be foolish, from fonne a fool
British Dictionary definitions for fond (2 of 2)
/ (fɒnd, French fɔ̃) /
the background of a design, as in lace
obsolete fund; stock
Word Origin for fond
C17: from French, from Latin fundus bottom; see fund
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