Definition of fondle in English:


Syllabification: fon·dle
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
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    • 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


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  • An act of fondling.
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    • 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, ˈfändl-ər/
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  • 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.

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