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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Microsoft plans to stop supporting the desktop version of Skype 7.0, or Skype Classic as it’s fondly called by dedicated users, on November 1st, while the mobile and tablet versions will be cut off on November 15th. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Microsoft is ending support for Skype Classic on November 1st," 27 Sep. 2018 The cattle, fondly called Belties, were first brought to the village in 1982 and now roam the Relais & Chateaux estate. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "17 Hotels Around the World With Pets in Residence," 25 July 2018 He was picked seemingly on a whim by Trump, who fondly calls him ‘‘the Doc’’ and did not formally interview him before nominating him — and ousting Shulkin — by tweet. Josh Dawsey And Seung Min Kim,, "Trump on press criticism of VA nominee: ‘This is a vicious group of people that malign’," 24 Apr. 2018 Hundreds of Goop acolytes (fondly called Goopies) descended on Pier 17 in New York City on Saturday for the first-ever East Coast edition of Gywneth Paltrow‘s In Goop Health summit. Julie Mazziotta,, "Jade Eggs and Psychic Mediums: Dispatches from Gwyneth Paltrow's $2,000 N.Y.C. Goop Summit," 28 Jan. 2018 Seattle was a city that many now fondly remember, with a heavy dependence on Boeing and deep roots in such sectors as small-scale manufacturing, shipbuilding, food processing and railroads. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s the economy, stupid,’ and the bad luck of George H.W. Bush," 4 Dec. 2018 Still, Lindsey to this day talks fondly about her ex. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Olympian Lindsey Vonn Has Always Been Super Open About Her Dating Life," 23 July 2018 Former Galanos model, Jenny Garrigues (née Chillcott) fondly remembers her time with Galanos, beginning in the early 1970s. David Nash, Town & Country, "James Galanos and the Integrity of 20th Century Fashion," 6 Nov. 2018 Chloe Stein, an executive chef and caterer, remembers fondly her fairy tale engagement in early September 2016. Alyson Krueger, The Seattle Times, "Will you marry me? And accept this smog-filled ring?," 1 Oct. 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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