[ fon-dl ]
/ ˈfɒn dl /
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verb (used with object), fon·dled, fon·dling.
to handle or touch lovingly, affectionately, or tenderly; caress: to fondle a precious object.
to molest sexually by touching or caressing.
Obsolete. to treat with fond indulgence.
verb (used without object), fon·dled, fon·dling.
to show fondness, as by manner, words, or caresses.
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Origin of fondle
OTHER WORDS FROM fondlefondler, nounfon·dling·ly, adverbo·ver·fon·dle, verb, o·ver·fon·dled, o·ver·fon·dling.un·fon·dled, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fondlefondling , foundling
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British Dictionary definitions for fondle
/ (ˈfɒndəl) /
(tr) to touch or stroke tenderly; caress
(intr) archaic to act in a loving manner
Derived forms of fondlefondler, nounfondlingly, adverb
Word Origin for fondle
C17: from (obsolete) vb fond to fondle; see fond 1
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