fondle

verb fon·dle \ ˈfän-dᵊl \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of fondle

fondled; fondling play \ˈfän-(d)liŋ, -dᵊl-iŋ\
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

fondler

play \ˈfän-(d)lər, -dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of fondle in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of fondle

frequentative of obsolete fond to fondle


FONDLE Defined for English Language Learners

fondle

verb

Definition of fondle for English Language Learners

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

  • : to touch (someone) in a sexual way


FONDLE Defined for Kids

fondle

verb fon·dle \ ˈfän-dᵊl \

Definition of fondle for Students

fondled; fondling
:to touch or handle in a tender or loving manner


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