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fondly

[fond-lee]
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  1. in a fond manner; lovingly or affectionately: He looked fondly at his child.
  2. Archaic. with complacent credulity; foolishly.
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Origin of fondly

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at fond1, -ly
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Related Words for fondly

warmly, passionately, respectfully, zealously, earnestly, reverently, longingly, affectionately, admiringly, fondly, generously, kindly, loyally, adoringly, appreciatively, ardently, attentively, considerately, devotedly, endearingly

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Word Origin and History for fondly

adj.

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

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