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adjective, fond·er, fond·est.
  1. having a liking or affection for (usually followed by of): to be fond of animals.
  2. loving; affectionate: to give someone a fond look.
  3. excessively tender or overindulgent; doting: a fond parent.
  4. cherished with strong or unreasoning feeling: to nourish fond hopes of becoming president.
  5. Archaic. foolish or silly.
  6. Archaic. foolishly credulous or trusting.
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Origin of fond

1300–50; Middle English fond, fonned (past participle of fonnen to be foolish, orig., to lose flavor, sour)

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2. cherishing. 5. infatuated. 6. gullible.
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  1. (postpositive foll by of) predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
  2. loving; tendera fond embrace
  3. indulgent; dotinga fond mother
  4. (of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realizedhe had fond hopes of starting his own business
  5. archaic, or dialect
    1. foolish
    2. credulous
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Derived Formsfondly, adverbfondness, noun

Word Origin for fond

C14 fonned, from fonnen to be foolish, from fonne a fool


  1. the background of a design, as in lace
  2. obsolete fund; stock
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Word Origin for fond

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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