fond·​ly ˈfän-(d)lē How to pronounce fondly (audio)
archaic : in a foolish manner : foolishly
: in a fond manner : affectionately
spoke of her fondly
: in a willingly credulous manner
it would stun, I fondly hoped, the readerAnnie Dillard

Example Sentences

She remembers their time together fondly.
Recent Examples on the Web Houston's legacy has continued to live on in music and film, with many of her Cinderella costars fondly remembering their time together on set. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2023 Darvin Ham, Los Angeles Lakers Ham put Texas Tech on the map with a backboard-shattering dunk in the 1996 NCAA Tournament, a play still fondly remembered by Red Raiders. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 8 Mar. 2023 His brother Adam also remembered fondly how boy crazy Bragman could be, even as a college freshman at the University of Michigan. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 5 Mar. 2023 At Mila’s Bakery in Thiensville, second-generation owner Anna Bakalinsky fondly remembers watching her mother at work. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Journal Sentinel, 27 Feb. 2023 Dariusz Michalski, an instructor at the dance studio, told the Los Angeles Times that Ma helped manage the studio and was known fondly by all as Mr. Ma. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2023 The official date for the opening of the GEM (as it is fondly known) keeps getting pushed back, but A&K can arrange for a private tour that is well worth a visit. Sherrie Nachman, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2023 Townsend gets her comedic inspiration from many people, including her father, Robert Townsend, an actor, director, and producer fondly known for his performance in the movie, The Five Heartbeats. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 15 Dec. 2022 The future of Milwaukee County's Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory — fondly known as just the Domes — has always been precarious. Journal Sentinel, 10 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fondly was in the 14th century

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“Fondly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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