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[fond-lee] /ˈfɒnd li/
in a fond manner; lovingly or affectionately:
He looked fondly at his child.
Archaic. with complacent credulity; foolishly.
Origin of fondly
1300-50; Middle English; see fond1, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fondly
  • She will not remember this experience fondly, and won't be particularly thrilled to offer you research help later.
  • She's having a good career and remembers her time with us fondly.
  • The children tumbled merrily in the dust, and were fondly tended by their mothers.
  • Although people still remember him fondly, history will be less kind to him.
  • But in retirement he has become a sort of grandfather figure, looked upon fondly, and he regularly tops popularity polls.
  • And while he kissed her brow ever so fondly, he stuck her with the knife thirty-four times.
  • Others were slightly more tender, asking parents and siblings to make offerings at the shrine or to remember them fondly.
  • Speaking fondly of the time they spend together leaves their partner feeling appreciated.
  • They'll speak fondly of their favorites, or tell funny stories about encountering memorable bees.
  • Many teens get something that their parents remember fondly: a real summer break, full of fun and friends.
Word Origin and History for fondly

mid-14c., "foolishly," from fond + -ly (2). Meaning "affectionately" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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