fond·​ly | \ˈfän-(d)lē \

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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Australia is a long way from the U.S., and making a trip Down Under is, at best, a major life event fondly remembered. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Qantas Is Going the Extra Mile to Fight Jet Lag," 17 Sep. 2018 Nevertheless, the reality TV alum turned One Tree Hill star looks back on the experience fondly. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Stephen Colletti Teases a Laguna Beach Reunion: 'They've Been Putting Out Some Phone Calls'," 11 July 2018 However, his three-tape mini-run from October ‘14 to March ‘15 represents a peak-within-a-peak for the rapper, and perhaps the period of his career fans will forever remember most fondly. Will Schube, Billboard, "Zaytoven and Future Are Just Like Bruddas on 'Beast Mode 2'," 9 July 2018 The Liverpool number 4, now 27-years-old, transferred to Anfield from Southampton last January, and has already been taken to fondly by the Red's support., "New Liverpool Favourite Virgil Van Dijk Focused on Personal Quest of Footballing Self-Improvement," 8 July 2018 Hadden-Paton plays Higgins just as Shaw wrote him: vital and appetizing, and attached mainly to his mother—who is fondly wary of him—and his companionable comrade in phonetics, Pickering. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 In a conference room, Yawczak fondly imitated Ruya's confident strut, much to the delight of her co-workers. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "A slain refugee was set to start preschool Monday. Despite tragedy, staffers carry hope.," 6 July 2018 My first thought goes back fondly to the late Bunny, Iliana Regan's microbakery that didn't last long thanks to landlord shenanigans. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Frunchroom is the Jewish-Italian deli you didn’t know you needed in your life," 7 June 2018 The result was spot-on portraits of 10 cartoon characters any child of the '80s has fondly ingrained in their memory. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Nail Artist Created a Manicure That Features All of Your Favorite '80s Cartoon Characters," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of fondly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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