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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Rob Lowe fondly recalled his time working with Torn as well. Christi Carras,, "Rip Torn saluted fondly as ‘wonderful madman’," 10 July 2019 Mariska fondly recalls the emotional day he was born. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann's Children," 6 July 2019 Brazilians have elected Jair Bolsonaro, who fondly recalls the days of military rule. The Economist, "The global crisis in conservatism," 4 July 2019 The people of Pakistan still cherish and fondly recall the visits of Her Majesty The Queen to Pakistan during 1961 and 1997. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Kate and Prince William's Royal Visit to Pakistan Has Been Confirmed," 30 June 2019 Saunders fondly recalled Silver reaching out to him after he was named interim coach Jan. 6. Joe Ziemer, The Seattle Times, "Towns’ free throw lifts Timberwolves over Warriors in OT," 29 Mar. 2019 Dan had a gentle heart, a love for his family that was unmatched, and a service to his community that will be remembered fondly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him., "Daniel J. Nacin," 26 Aug. 2019 Ugo lived life to the fullest and he will be sorely missed and fondly remembered., "Deaths in South Florida: 8/25," 25 Aug. 2019 By Will Imbo Sir Bobby Robson is arguably the most revered and fondly remembered manager in English football history. Ben Carter,, "The 50 Greatest Football Managers of All Time," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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