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[fond] /fɒnd/
adjective, fonder, fondest.
having a liking or affection for (usually followed by of):
to be fond of animals.
loving; affectionate:
to give someone a fond look.
excessively tender or overindulgent; doting:
a fond parent.
cherished with strong or unreasoning feeling:
to nourish fond hopes of becoming president.
Archaic. foolish or silly.
Archaic. foolishly credulous or trusting.
Origin of fond1
1300-50; Middle English fond, fonned (past participle of fonnen to be foolish, orig., to lose flavor, sour)
2. cherishing. 5. infatuated. 6. gullible. Unabridged
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  • He had slight ability, and was fonder of the pleasures of life than of measures for the good of his country and subjects.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • One young lady declared that she was fonder of music than anything in the world.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • And these men were fond of each other; the fonder perhaps because each of them had now cause for sorrow.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • 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.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • He was as fond of Czipra as he was of Melanie, and fonder of the boy than either.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • The pretended ladies, the more we talked, the fonder they seemed to be of me.

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • His best friend couldn't have looked on him fonder, or promised to stand by him closer.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • I am fonder of Dove than anything else—it is my heart's food and sole sustenance.

British Dictionary definitions for fonder


(postpositive) foll by of. predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
loving; tender: a fond embrace
indulgent; doting: a fond mother
(of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realized: he had fond hopes of starting his own business
(archaic or dialect)
  1. foolish
  2. credulous
Derived Forms
fondly, adverb
fondness, noun
Word Origin
C14 fonned, from fonnen to be foolish, from fonne a fool


/fɒnd; French fɔ̃/
the background of a design, as in lace
(obsolete) fund; stock
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin fundus bottom; see fund
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Word Origin and History for fonder



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.

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