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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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 Walters, 20, is accused of rubbing her bare breasts on one undercover officer then fondling that officer' breasts, according to the Columbus police report. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Case dismissed against Stormy Daniels, porn actress suing Donald Trump, arrested at Columbus strip club," 12 July 2018 Garrett said Strauss had him stand nearby during one exam as Strauss fondled a patient to orgasm. Kantele Franko, Adnrew Welsh-huggins, John Seewer, Cincinnati.com, "Ex-athletes say Ohio State doc groped, ogled men for years," 6 July 2018 So did David Nazario, who voluntarily surrendered his license after being accused of fondling a woman's breast and genitals during a massage at an Orlando Hand & Stone. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Six Florida massage therapists disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct | Miami Herald," 16 May 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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