Definition of fondle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfändl/


[with object]
Stroke or caress lovingly or erotically: the dog came over to have his ears fondled charges that he fondled a patient during an examination
More example sentences
  • He chuckled and fondled his sword handle lovingly.
  • He looked at them and fondled their strings lovingly.
  • She fondled his hair lovingly and made her way to Jessica's room.
caress, stroke, pat, pet, finger, tickle, play with;
maul, molest
informal paw, grope, feel up, touch up, cop a feel of


An act of fondling.
Example sentences
  • A penniless Essex University student is auctioning a fondle of her breasts on E-bay to get her through the year.
  • One person's affectionate pat is another's lascivious fondle.
  • Chocolate responds to the warmth of your mouth and each fondle of your tongue, softly, slinkily and slowly it melts.



Pronunciation: /ˈfändlər/ Pronunciation: /ˈfändl-ər/
Example sentences
  • We've become the therapeutic nation of huggers and fondlers.
  • My death-ray stare was useless because the theater was dark and I couldn't pinpoint the exact source of the candy fondler.
  • Most of the contributors are already well known modern digital tone fondlers and most of them turn in above-average performances.


Late 17th century (in the sense 'pamper'): back-formation from obsolete fondling 'much-loved or petted person', from fond + -ling.

Words that rhyme with fondle


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Syllabification: fon·dle

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