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v. fon·dled, fon·dling, fon·dles
1. To handle, stroke, or touch lovingly. See Synonyms at caress.
2. To handle, stroke, or touch sexually and inappropriately.
3. Obsolete To treat with indulgence and solicitude; pamper.
1. To show fondness or affection by stroking or touching.
2. To touch, stroke, or handle someone or something sexually and inappropriately.

[Frequentative of fond, to show fondness for (obsolete).]

fon′dler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fondling - affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)fondling - affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
foreplay, stimulation, arousal - mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
snogging - (British informal) cuddle and kiss
References in classic literature ?
After behaving as badly as possible all day, she sometimes came fondling to make it up at night.
The mother had taken the little Prince in her lap and was fondling and kissing him lovingly, for he was her youngest born.
But Arthur would have known what was wanting to its completeness, though he had never heard of the words Little mother; though he had never seen the fondling of the small spare hand; though he had had no sight for the tears now standing in the colourless eyes; though he had had no hearing for the sob that checked the clumsy laugh.
It had been many a day now since she had ventured a caress or a fondling epithet in his quarter.
By birth she belonged to Highbury: and when at three years old, on losing her mother, she became the property, the charge, the consolation, the fondling of her grandmother and aunt, there had seemed every probability of her being permanently fixed there; of her being taught only what very limited means could command, and growing up with no advantages of connexion or improvement, to be engrafted on what nature had given her in a pleasing person, good understanding, and warmhearted, wellmeaning relations.
His persuasive ministry is felt as well as heard: he has an innocent habit of fondling young persons.
and her hands fondling his hair, and her happy tears running down.
Edwards said the attack might have been motivated by her attempt to help others around, warning them of a man who first approached her asking for directions and then began allegedly fondling himself.
He told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is examining decades of child protection failings at Rochdale institutions: "Then Cyril Smith turned up, he started prodding me around and then he started fondling and said to Mrs Saille, 'There is nothing wrong with him.
When you fondle us when we were young holding confession while holding our prick and asking us what are our sins, and while you're fondling us while we are pouring out our sins, then you pretend to be the righteous institutions of this society, and then kung mag-atake kayo (you criticize [others])?
ON October 5/6, 2014, the Birmingham Mail published an article inaccurately stating that Birmingham doctor Dr Arunkalaivanan, had been struck off the medical register for fondling a patient's breasts and had won an appeal to practise again.
The Federal Labour Court found only serial fondling should result in the sack.