fondler

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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