fond·​ly | \ ˈfän-(d)lē How to pronounce fondly (audio) \

Definition of fondly

1 archaic : in a foolish manner : foolishly
2 : in a fond manner : affectionately spoke of her fondly
3 : in a willingly credulous manner it would stun, I fondly hoped, the reader— Annie Dillard

Examples of fondly in a Sentence

She remembers their time together fondly.
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First Known Use of fondly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Oct 2020

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“Fondly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fondly

: in a loving way
: in a hopeful but not reasonable way

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