fondle

[fon-dl]
verb (used with object), fondled, fondling.
1.
to handle or touch lovingly, affectionately, or tenderly; caress: to fondle a precious object; to fondle a child.
2.
Obsolete. to treat with fond indulgence.
verb (used without object), fondled, fondling.
3.
to show fondness, as by manner, words, or caresses.

Origin:
1685–95; fond (v.) (derivative of fond1) + -le

fondler, noun
fondlingly, adverb
overfondle, verb, overfondled, overfondling.
unfondled, adjective

fondling, foundling.


1. cuddle, snuggle, pet, pat, stroke.
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fondle (ˈfɒndəl)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to touch or stroke tenderly; caress
2.  archaic (intr) to act in a loving manner
 
[C17: from (obsolete) vb fond to fondle; see fond1]
 
'fondler
 
n
 
'fondlingly
 
adv

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fondle
1690s, "treat with indulgence and affection," frequentative of fond "dote upon" (see fond). Sense of "caress" first recorded 1796. Related: Fondled; fondling (1670s)
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Example sentences
Tom got two of them and he let me fondle one while he extolled the virtues of
  the line.
Around him, his bearded companions shake their heads and fondle their feet.
Or he may choose to fondle a schoolgirl on a crowded commuter train.
She said he began his campaign by asking to fondle her breasts.
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