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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Many of the donors fondly recall their childhood on the playground, Murphy said. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MKE Plays gets $30K, continues work to improve Milwaukee's playgrounds," 18 June 2018 His prowess and professionalism were recalled fondly during a ceremony at his alma mater that attracted hundreds of people, including friends, family, colleagues and those whom McNamara touched through his work. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Capital Gazette writer McNamara ‘always fair in his writing’," 10 July 2018 Eric Cantona, fondly referred to as King Eric by fans of his former club Manchester United, wears a crown and holds a ball in his right hand. Washington Post, "Gods of soccer: Ronaldo, Messi like you’ve never seen them," 30 June 2018 The character, who is fondly referred to as the ‘Homer Simpson of Jordan’, was created to depict the common concerns of an average Jordanian in a humorous manner. Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Digital collage art with Sue Burke Harrington," 22 June 2018 Her parents fondly refer to her students—American girls with roots in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and East Africa—as her first babies. Ruqaya Izzidien, Outside Online, "Fatimah Hussein Is America's Sports Hijab Pioneer," 6 June 2018 The Pollins already experienced pro sports glory when the Bullets captured the ‘77-78 NBA championship—Irene fondly recalls their team plane touching down at the airport to a massive crowd of cheering supporters—but never quite got there in hockey. Alex Prewitt,, "Original Capitals Owner Irene Pollin Enjoying Team's Run in Stanley Cup Final," 6 June 2018 Many mid-career adults fondly recall their own youthful exuberance playing it. Dugan Arnett,, "Shopper’s delight: Unique boutiques and bargain browsing, all with no tax," 15 May 2018 Ferguson, who experienced a heated rivalry with Wenger on the touchline, can now fondly recall their duels for trophies. Jamie Goldberg,, "Barcelona vs. Sevilla in Copa del Rey final: Live updates, TV channel, how to watch live online," 21 Apr. 2018

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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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