in a fond manner; lovingly or affectionately: He looked fondly at his child.
Archaic. with complacent credulity; foolishly.

Nearby words

  1. fonda,
  2. fonda, henry,
  3. fonda, jane,
  4. fondant,
  5. fondle,
  6. fondness,
  7. fondu,
  8. fondue,
  9. fondue bourguignonne,
  10. fone

Origin of fondly

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at fond1, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for fondly



mid-14c., "foolishly," from fond + -ly (2). Meaning "affectionately" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper