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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.
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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Examples for fonder
  • In any event, absence certainly seems to make the heart grow fonder-and fierier.
  • Every day she seems to get fonder and fonder of her uncle, and more loth to part from all of us.
  • He spoke of their two children, whom she had always believed were fonder of him than they were of her.
  • But it seems that absence makes both the palate and the heart grow fonder.
  • Absence does actually make the heart grow fonder if it's not for too long.
  • Whoever said absence makes the heart grow fonder has probably never been in a long-distance relationship.
  • To be sure the book is populated by scores of heinous characters whose absence today does not make one's heart grow fonder.
  • Distance may make the heart grow fonder, but it can also tear people apart.
  • Towns of scenic beauty in which my childhood memories make my heart grow fonder.
  • No one is fonder of wrapping up human nature in little prose packages.
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 M.E. fonne "fool," of uncertain origin, or 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," 1380). Related: Fonder; fondest; fondness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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