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fondling

[ fond-ling, fon-dl-ing ]
/ ˈfɒnd lɪŋ, ˈfɒn dl ɪŋ /
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noun
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.
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.
adjective
touching or caressing in either of these ways:She stroked him with gentle, fondling fingers.
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Origin of fondling

fondl(e) + -ing1 for the noun senses; fondl(e) + -ing2 for the adjective sense

OTHER WORDS FROM fondling

fond·ling·ly, adverb
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