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  1. the state or quality of being fond.

  2. tenderness or affection.

  1. doting affection.

  2. a liking or weakness for something: He has a fondness for sweets.

  3. Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness.

Origin of fondness

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; see origin at fond1, -ness

Other words for fondness

Other words from fondness

  • self-fondness, noun

Words Nearby fondness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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