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fondle

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verb fon·dle \ˈfän-dəl\

Simple Definition of fondle

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

  • : to touch (someone) in a sexual way

Full Definition of fondle

fon·dledfon·dling play \-(d)liŋ, -dəl-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  pamper

  3. 2 :  to handle tenderly, lovingly, or lingeringly :  caress

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to show affection or desire by caressing

fon·dler play \-(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


FONDLE Defined for Kids

fondle

play
verb fon·dle \ˈfän-dəl\

Definition of fondle

fon·dledfon·dling

  1. :  to touch or handle in a tender or loving manner





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