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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Joe will be remembered fondly for his quick wit, sassy sarcasm and hilarious storytelling., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/8," 8 Sep. 2019 Still, some remembered the contentious leader fondly, with many choosing to highlight his work toward his country’s liberation. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Dead At 95," 6 Sep. 2019 Theresa Wilkie is fondly remembered by many who worked with her, students who were in her language arts classes at Hinsdale Middle School and parents of those students. Chuck Fieldman,, "Grant to be set up in memory of Theresa Wilkie, former Hinsdale Middle School teacher," 27 Aug. 2019 That surprise is the bowling alley inside the building at 525 S. St. Mary’s St. Although closed for years, it’s fondly remembered by those who once rolled 10-pin there. Richard A. Marini,, "San Antonio’s 10 best overlooked architectural gems," 13 Sep. 2019 Munce speaks fondly of one of her regulars, Bill, an elderly man who likes his toast dark as a hockey puck. Alana Semuels, Time, "Low Wages, Sexual Harassment and Unreliable Tips. This Is Life in America’s Booming Service Industry," 22 Aug. 2019 The longtime stonemason, who retired in 2014 and is now blind, spoke fondly about his work for Trump and their trips together to Mets and Yankees games. Anchorage Daily News, "How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status," 9 Aug. 2019 Jewish commentators noted with approval that as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem, spoke fondly of his Jewish roots, and praised Israel as the region’s only democracy. The Economist, "Boris Johnson’s confusing and contradictory religious history," 27 July 2019 Gates spoke fondly of Jobs, who was both his competitor and collaborator at times, and expressed admiration for his talent. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Bill Gates goes Harry Potter when talking about Steve Jobs," 7 July 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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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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