verb fon·dle \ˈfän-dəl\

: to touch or handle (something) in a gentle way

: to touch (someone) in a sexual way

fon·dledfon·dling \-(d)liŋ, -dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of FONDLE

transitive verb
obsolete :  pamper
:  to handle tenderly, lovingly, or lingeringly :  caress
intransitive verb
:  to show affection or desire by caressing
fon·dler \-(d)lər, -dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of FONDLE

  1. She claims that her boss tried to fondle her at the office Christmas party.
  2. <a cat who enjoys being fondled by his loving owners>

Origin of FONDLE

frequentative of obsolete fond to fondle
First Known Use: 1694

Rhymes with FONDLE


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