Definition of


  1. (adj, all) (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for
    partial to horror movies
  2. (adj, all) extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent
    deceiving her preoccupied and doting husband with a young captain
    hopelessly spoiled by a fond mother
  3. (adj, all) having or displaying warmth or affection
    a fond embrace
    fond of his nephew
    a tender glance
    a warm embrace
  4. (adj, all) absurd or silly because unlikely
    fond fancies

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Alternate forms of Fond

Derivations: fondness

Origin of the word Fond

  1. mid-14c., originally "foolish, silly," from past tense of fonnen "to fool, be foolish," perhaps from M.E. fonne "fool," of uncertain origin, or 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 ?e sa… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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