fondle

verb
fon·​dle | \ˈfän-dᵊl \
fondled; fondling\ ˈfän-​(d)liŋ , -​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of fondle 

transitive verb

1 obsolete : pamper

2 : to handle tenderly, lovingly, or lingeringly : caress She fondled the string of pearls.

intransitive verb

: to show affection or desire by caressing

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Other Words from fondle

fondler \ ˈfän-​(d)lər , -​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for fondle

Synonyms

caress, gentle, love, pat, pet, stroke

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Examples of fondle in a Sentence

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

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According to the lawsuit, Gousman was lying on her back when the masseuse fondled her bare breasts. Annie Sweeney, chicagotribune.com, "Woman sues Ritz-Carlton, alleges she was sexually assaulted by masseuse," 30 May 2018 The Marietta man allegedly walked around the Kohl’s for 10 minutes fondling himself and then again for 15 minutes. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Crimes of Cobb: Two dogs left inside 120-degree trailer without water," 6 June 2018 According to a police report, Rush handcuffed the man and began to pat him down, then reached into the man’s pants and fondled him. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coconut Creek officer not guilty in first of four sexual abuse cases," 2 May 2018 VATICAN CITY - The letter was graphic not just in describing how the priest kissed and fondled the boy, but also in how other priests who saw the abuse tried to hush it up. Nicole Winfield And Eva Vergara, Houston Chronicle, "Letter about abuse cover-up belies pope denial," 5 Feb. 2018 The allegations that Strauss fondled and groped male athletes during physical examinations and medical treatment date to the 1970s. chicagotribune.com, "Former wrestlers detail 'creepy people' and lewd atmosphere at Ohio State," 12 July 2018 The allegations that Strauss fondled and groped male athletes during physical examinations and medical treatment date to the 1970s. CBS News, ""A gauntlet of sexual deviancy": Ex-athletes describe lewd atmosphere at Ohio State," 12 July 2018 Police officers at the club said in an affidavit that Clifford pressed patrons’ faces into her chest and fondled the breasts of some women in the audience. BostonGlobe.com, "Charges dropped against Stormy Daniels in strip club arrest," 13 July 2018 The detectives said in affidavits that while dancing topless, Ms. Clifford pressed patrons’ faces into her chest and fondled the breasts of some women in the audience. New York Times, "Charges Against Stormy Daniels Dismissed After Arrest at Strip Club," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of fondle

1694, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fondle

frequentative of obsolete fond to fondle

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fondle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fondle

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

: to touch (someone) in a sexual way

fondle

verb
fon·​dle | \ˈfän-dᵊl \
fondled; fondling

Kids Definition of fondle

: to touch or handle in a tender or loving manner

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