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

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.

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