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fondle

[fon-dl] /ˈfɒn 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
1685-1695
1685-95; fond (v.) (derivative of fond1) + -le
Related forms
fondler, noun
fondlingly, adverb
overfondle, verb, overfondled, overfondling.
unfondled, adjective
Can be confused
fondling, foundling.
Synonyms
1. cuddle, snuggle, pet, pat, stroke.
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British Dictionary definitions for fondler

fondle

/ˈfɒndəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to touch or stroke tenderly; caress
2.
(intransitive) (archaic) to act in a loving manner
Derived Forms
fondler, noun
fondlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from (obsolete) vb fond to fondle; see fond1
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Word Origin and History for fondler

fondle

v.

1690s, "treat with indulgence and affection," frequentative of fond "dote upon" (see fond). Sense of "caress" first recorded 1796. Related: Fondled; fondling (1670s as a past participle adjective).

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