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.
Recent Examples on the Web Admittedly, there are a few Seinfeld episodes that Jerry Seinfeld doesn't look back on as fondly. Dory Jackson,, 1 Oct. 2021 One day, this generation will look back fondly on such times, too. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 Eight years from now, one of the young players getting his first taste of Wrigley this month might look back fondly at his debut during this turbulent post-deadline period of Cubs history. Paul Sullivan,, 9 Aug. 2021 Hardly the time for Richard Carapaz to look fondly upon a near-naked man running beside him on the road. Dave Skretta, ajc, 29 July 2021 Hardly the time for Richard Carapaz to look fondly upon a near-naked man running beside him on the road. Dave Skretta, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2021 And to the generation of Japanese who look back fondly on the 1964 Games, the prospect of a diminished, largely unwelcome Olympics is a grave disappointment. New York Times, 22 July 2021 Some observers look back fondly on the Cold War, when NATO members’ goals were tightly aligned. Andrew A. Michta, WSJ, 6 July 2021 Today, many service members who spent time in Black Hawks tend to look back on them fondly. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of fondly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Fondly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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