fondle

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verb fon·dle \ˈfän-dəl\

Definition of fondle

fondled

fondling

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

fondler

play \-(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>

Origin and Etymology of fondle

frequentative of obsolete fond to fondle


First Known Use: 1694


FONDLE Defined for English Language Learners

fondle

play
verb fon·dle \ˈfän-dəl\

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

play
verb fon·dle \ˈfän-dəl\

Definition of fondle for Students

fondled

fondling

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



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