fond

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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.

Origin of fond

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

Synonyms for fond

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2. cherishing. 5. infatuated. 6. gullible.
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Historical Examples of fondest

  • His pride would be gratified, and his fondest desires realized.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • I cannot abjure that world which contains the fondest object that links me to life.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • You are the possession that I am proudest of and fondest of.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Suppose we say that each of you may choose the two things you are fondest of.

  • These colours go best with their brown skins, and they are fondest of them.


British Dictionary definitions for fondest

fond

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adjective
  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
Derived Formsfondly, adverbfondness, noun

Word Origin for fond

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

fond

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noun
  1. the background of a design, as in lace
  2. obsolete fund; stock

Word Origin for fond

C17: from French, from Latin fundus bottom; see fund
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Word Origin and History for fondest

fond

adj.

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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