But I imagine that we got fonder of each other, and he put me up for things.
He had slight ability, and was fonder of the pleasures of life than of measures for the good of his country and subjects.
One young lady declared that she was fonder of music than anything in the world.
And these men were fond of each other; the fonder perhaps because each of them had now cause for sorrow.
There is nothing I am fonder of—— Sometimes I tickle the soles of my feet with it.
They are fonder of the north than the south side of the hills.
He was as fond of Czipra as he was of Melanie, and fonder of the boy than either.
The pretended ladies, the more we talked, the fonder they seemed to be of me.
His best friend couldn't have looked on him fonder, or promised to stand by him closer.
I am fonder of Dove than anything else—it is my heart's food and sole sustenance.
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.