fondly

[ fond-lee ]
/ ˈfɒnd li /

adverb

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
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fondly


adj.

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

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