fondle

[ 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

First recorded in 1685–95; from obsolete verbfond “to play the fool, dote” (derivative of adjective fond ) + -le frequentative verb suffix; see origin at fond1,-le

OTHER WORDS FROM fondle

fondler, 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 fondle

fondling , foundling
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British Dictionary definitions for fondle

fondle
/ (ˈfɒndəl) /

verb

(tr) to touch or stroke tenderly; caress
(intr) archaic to act in a loving manner

Derived forms of fondle

fondler, nounfondlingly, adverb

Word Origin for fondle

C17: from (obsolete) vb fond to fondle; see fond 1
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