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fond1

[fond] /fɒnd/
adjective, fonder, fondest.
1.
having a liking or affection for (usually followed by of):
to be fond of animals.
2.
loving; affectionate:
to give someone a fond look.
3.
excessively tender or overindulgent; doting:
a fond parent.
4.
cherished with strong or unreasoning feeling:
to nourish fond hopes of becoming president.
5.
Archaic. foolish or silly.
6.
Archaic. foolishly credulous or trusting.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English fond, fonned (past participle of fonnen to be foolish, orig., to lose flavor, sour)
Synonyms
2. cherishing. 5. infatuated. 6. gullible.
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British Dictionary definitions for fondest

fond1

/fɒnd/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) foll by of. predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
2.
loving; tender: a fond embrace
3.
indulgent; doting: a fond mother
4.
(of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realized: he had fond hopes of starting his own business
5.
(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

fond2

/fɒnd; French fɔ̃/
noun
1.
the background of a design, as in lace
2.
(obsolete) fund; stock
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin fundus bottom; see fund
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Word Origin and History for fondest

fond

adj.

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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