Bruce Springsteen is fond of reminding his listeners to “trust the art, not the artist.”
James was a silly kid, fond of passing gas with booming impact.
Alaskans are fond of saying you can't comprehend the scale of the place unless you fly over it.
Kiselyov is fond of Third Reich references, likening Russian anti-corruption campaigner and Putin critic Alexey Navalny to Hitler.
The author is fond of saying that the only things she has done religiously in her life are keep a journal and use birth control.
I never realized before how fond the girls have always been of me.
He has a very good heart, and he is fond of children—and he has no family at all.
Dmitri was too fond of the customs of the west to satisfy the Muscovites.
And Edward is fond of me too: I know he is; but they live for each other, and could spare every one else.
I'm as fond of the lad as if he was a bit of my own flesh and blood.
mid-14c., originally "foolish, silly," from past tense of fonnen "to fool, be foolish," perhaps from Middle English fonne "fool" (early 14c.), of uncertain origin; or possibly related to fun.
Meaning evolved by 1590 via "foolishly tender" to "having strong affections for." Another sense of fonne was "to lose savor," which may be the original meaning of the word (e.g. Wyclif: "Gif þe salt be fonnyd it is not worþi," c.1380). Related: Fonder; fondest.