Definition of fond in English:

fond

Syllabification: fond
Pronunciation: /fänd
 
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adjective

[predicative] (fond of)
1Having an affection or liking for: I’m very fond of Mike he was not too fond of dancing
More example sentences
  • The dead, as he is very fond of saying, don't care.
  • She had grown rather fond of the European drink and found it to be relaxing to sit and sip.
  • But over the years as he matured, she grew quite fond of him.
Synonyms
keen on, partial to, addicted to, enthusiastic about, passionate about; attached to, attracted to, enamored of, in love with, having a soft spot for
informal into, hooked on, gone on, sweet on, struck on
1.1 [attributive] Affectionate; loving: waving a fond farewell to her parents reading it brought many fond memories of our childhood
More example sentences
  • Do you have any especially fond memories of those times that you might share?
  • He served from 1929 to 1955, leaving behind a legacy of material treasures as well as fond memories.
  • Believe it or don't, but Levine seems to have some pretty fond memories from his visits.
Synonyms
adoring, devoted, doting, loving, caring, affectionate, warm, tender, kind, attentive, uxorious
1.2 [attributive] (Of a hope or belief) foolishly optimistic; naive.
More example sentences
  • That fond hope never materialised and there was no reason to suppose it would.
  • Even in defeat, he sees success and vows to contest again with the fond hope that he will emerge a victor one day.
  • In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.
Synonyms
unrealistic, naive, foolish, overoptimistic, deluded, delusory, absurd, vain, Panglossian

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'infatuated, foolish'): from obsolete fon 'a fool, be foolish', of unknown origin. Compare with fun.

Derivatives

fondly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Nellie was a firm favourite and she will be fondly remembered by her devoted family and many friends.
  • She will be fondly remembered for her great lobster feeds, cooked the Island way.
  • Then he raised his head, smiled, and scoped the audience, gazing deeply and fondly into their eyes.

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