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fond 1

adj. fond·er, fond·est
1. Having a strong liking, inclination, or affection: fond of ballet; fond of my nieces and nephews.
2. Affectionate; tender: a fond embrace.
3. Immoderately affectionate or indulgent; doting: fond grandparents who tended to spoil the child.
4. Cherished; dear: my fondest hopes.
5. Archaic Naively credulous or foolish.

[Middle English fonned, foolish, probably from past participle of fonnen, to be foolish, probably from fonne, fool.]

fond′ly adv.
fond′ness n.

fond 2

The background of a design in lace.

[French, from Old French fonds, fond, from Latin fundus, bottom.]


(ˈfɒnd li)

1. in a fond manner; lovingly or affectionately.
2. in a trusting or credulous manner.
3. Archaic. foolishly.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.fondly - with fondness; with love; "she spoke to her children fondly"


1. lovingly, tenderly, affectionately, amorously, dearly, possessively, with affection, indulgently, adoringly Their eyes met fondly across the table.
2. unrealistically, stupidly, vainly, foolishly, naively, credulously I fondly imagined my life could be better.
laskavěs láskou
med glædemed ømhed


[ˈfɒndlɪ] ADV
1. (= affectionately) [say, smile] → cariñosamente, con cariño; [remember] → con cariño
2. (= foolishly) [imagine, believe, hope] → ingenuamente


[ˈfɒndli] adv
(= lovingly) → tendrement
(= naïvely) → naïvement


(= affectionately)liebevoll; to remember somebody fondlyjdn in bester Erinnerung behalten; to remember something fondlysich gern an etw (acc)erinnern
(= naively) imagine, believenaiverweise; hopetörichterweise (geh)


[ˈfɒndlɪ] adv (lovingly) → affettuosamente; (naïvely) → ingenuamente
he fondly believed that ... → ha avuto l'ingenuità di credere che...


(fond) adjective
1. loving. fond looks; a fond husband.
2. (of wishes, hopes etc) unlikely to be fulfilled. His fond ambition was to be a film star.
ˈfondly adverb
ˈfondness noun
(especially with for) affection; liking. her fondness for children.
fond of
having a liking for. He is very fond of dogs.
References in classic literature ?
She tenderly kissed me, She fondly caressed, And then I fell gently To sleep on her breast -- Deeply to sleep From the heaven of her breast.
"Better take him on thy arm, Seth," said Dinah, looking fondly at the stout black-eyed fellow.
And all of them fondly believe, as I fondly believed, that they are beating the game.
Fondly do we hope--fervently do we pray--that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.
It cost a halfpenny or a penny a month, and always, as I fondly remember, had a continued tale about the dearest girl, who sold water-cress, which is a dainty not grown and I suppose never seen in my native town.
"Edna, dear, are you not coming in soon?" he asked again, this time fondly, with a note of entreaty.
We used to read it and talk it fondly over together, and I believe some stories of like make and manner grew out of our pleasure in it.
Pipt was there, and the Crooked Magician sat humped up in a chair, seeming very dejected but keeping his eyes fixed on the lifeless form of his wife Margolotte, whom he fondly loved but whom he now feared was lost to him forever.
"My OWN DARLING FRIEND:--WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS my feelings over not being able to go up this morning to say good-bye to one I so FONDLY ADORE.
"What do you mean, silly boy?" she said, as an irregularity in the road threw her soft weight the more fondly upon my arm.
But I have also seen his eyes rest fondly upon the faces in the room, upon the pictures on the wall, upon all the familiar objects of that home, whose abiding and clear image must have flashed often on his memory in times of stress and anxiety at sea.
Young, happy, fondly attached to each other, raised securely above all the sordid cares of life, what a golden future was theirs!