James was a silly kid, fond of passing gas with booming impact.
The Catholic Church is fond of saying that women provide “peace and harmony” in families.
Kiselyov is fond of Third Reich references, likening Russian anti-corruption campaigner and Putin critic Alexey Navalny to Hitler.
Sometimes,” he is fond of telling the press, “the target draws the arrow.
By the end of the half hour, the Griffins already have a new dog and Brian is just a fond, often crass memory.
I never realized before how fond the girls have always been of me.
Aldonza had certainly not taught him the phrases he was so fond of repeating.
Dmitri was too fond of the customs of the west to satisfy the Muscovites.
I'm fond of Austin, God knows--but all my life he has been put in front of me.
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.