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fond

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[ 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.

OTHER WORDS FOR fond

2 cherishing.
5 infatuated.
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Origin of fond

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

Other definitions for fond (2 of 2)

fond2
[ 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 fond

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FromFrench, dating back to 1655–65; see origin at fund
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British Dictionary definitions for fond (1 of 2)

fond1
/ (fɒnd) /

adjective
(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
  1. foolish
  2. credulous

Derived forms of fond

fondly, 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)

fond2
/ (fɒnd, French fɔ̃) /

noun
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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