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[ fond-ling, fon-dl-ing ]


  1. the act of caressing or touching lovingly or tenderly:

    A few of us knitting enthusiasts met yesterday at Yarn Barn for a couple of hours of browsing, yarn fondling, and coffee.

  2. the act of molesting someone sexually by touching or caressing:

    The inappropriate groping and fondling from a trusted adult male figure—her mother’s boyfriend—traumatized her.


  1. touching or caressing in either of these ways:

    She stroked him with gentle, fondling fingers.

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Other Words From

  • fond·ling·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fondling1

First recorded in 1580–90; fondl(e) ( def ) + -ing 1( def ) for the noun senses; fondl(e) ( def ) + -ing 2( def ) for the adjective sense
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Example Sentences

In April, an Uber driver was charged with fondling a passenger in Chicago.

It was an uberX driver who was charged with fondling a passenger in Chicago in March.

Woolfolk told Galasso that the priest started by fondling him as a young boy, which escalated to rape by the time he was 12.

“In the stage direction, they almost have sex on stage … there was a lot more fondling,” Friedlich says.

When sons Joe Jr. and Jack enter his office, Joe Sr. continues his fondling as his sons look on, “amused.”

Meantime was it possible that by fondling she wanted to get anything out of Black Sheep?

You have then been whimpering and fondling, like a Spaniel, over the Fellow that hath abusd you.

These peculiarities, together with her way of fondling the pearls, did not escape Mr. Ricketty's calculating observation.

Is there no pity, no relenting ruth, Points to the parents fondling o'er their child?

I was sitting up very straight beside her listening to every word Mr. Wood said, and she was fondling my head.