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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FOND, a.
1. Foolish; silly; weak; indiscreet; imprudent;
Grant I may never prove so fond
To trust man on his oath or bond.
Fond thoughts may fall into some idle brain.
2. Foolishly tender and loving; doting; weakly indulgent; as a fond mother or wife.
3. Much pleased; loving ardently; delighted with. A child is fond of play; a gentleman is fond of his sports, or of his country seat. In present usage, fond does not always imply weakness or folly.
4. Relishing highly. The epicure is fond of high seasoned food. Multitudes of men are too fond of strong drink.
5. Trifling; valued by folly. [Little used.]
FOND, v.t. To treat with great indulgence or tenderness; to caress; to cocker.
The Tyrian hugs and fonds thee on her breast.
Fond is thus used by the poets only. We now use fondle.
FOND, v.i. To be fond of; to be in love with; to dote on. [Little used.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace" [syn: affectionate, fond, lovesome, tender, warm]
2: extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent; "adoring grandparents"; "deceiving her preoccupied and doting husband with a young captain"; "hopelessly spoiled by a fond mother" [syn: adoring, doting, fond]
3: (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for; "fond of chocolate"; "partial to horror movies" [syn: fond, partial]
4: absurd or silly because unlikely; "fond hopes of becoming President"; "fond fancies"

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English fonned, fond, from fonne fool Date: 14th century 1. foolish, silly <fond pride> 2. a. prizing highly ; desirous used with of <fond of praise> b. having an affection or liking used with of <fond of music> 3. a. foolishly tender ; indulgent <a fond mother> b. affectionate, loving <absence makes the heart grow fonder> 4. cherished with great affection ; doted on <our fondest hopes> II. intransitive verb Date: 1530 obsolete to lavish affection ; dote III. noun (plural fonds) Etymology: French, from Old French fons, font, from Latin fundus bottom, piece of property more at bottom Date: 1664 1. background, basis 2. obsolete fund

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 (foll. by of) having affection or a liking for. 2 affectionate, loving, doting. 3 (of beliefs etc.) foolishly optimistic or credulous; na{iuml}ve. Derivatives: fondly adv. fondness n. Etymology: ME f. obs. fon fool, be foolish

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fond Fond, n. [F., fr. L. fundus. See Fund.] [Obs., or used as a French word] 1. Foundation; bottom; groundwork; specif.: (a) (Lace Making) The ground. (b) (Cookery) The broth or juice from braised flesh or fish, usually served as a sauce. 2. Fund, stock, or store.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fond Fond, obs. imp. of Find. Found. --Chaucer.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fond Fond, a. [Compar. Fonder; superl. Fondest.] [For fonned, p. p. of OE. fonnen to be foolish. See Fon.] 1. Foolish; silly; simple; weak. [Archaic] Grant I may never prove so fond To trust man on his oath or bond. --Shak. 2. Foolishly tender and loving; weakly indulgent; over-affectionate. 3. Affectionate; loving; tender; -- in a good sense; as, a fond mother or wife. --Addison. 4. Loving; much pleased; affectionately regardful, indulgent, or desirous; longing or yearning; -- followed by of (formerly also by on). More fond on her than she upon her love. --Shak. You are as fond of grief as of your child. --Shak. A great traveler, and fond of telling his adventures. --Irving. 5. Doted on; regarded with affection. [R.] Nor fix on fond abodes to circumscribe thy prayer. --Byron. 6. Trifling; valued by folly; trivial. [Obs.] --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fond Fond, v. t. To caress; to fondle. [Obs.] The Tyrian hugs and fonds thee on her breast. --Dryden.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fond Fond, v. i. To be fond; to dote. [Obs.] --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fonder, fondest) 1. If you are fond of someone, you feel affection for them. I am very fond of Michael... She was especially fond of a little girl named Betsy. ADJ: v-link ADJ of n fondness ...a great fondness for children. 2. You use fond to describe people or their behaviour when they show affection. ...a fond father... He gave him a fond smile. ADJ: ADJ n fondly Liz saw their eyes meet fondly across the table. ADV: ADV after v 3. If you are fond of something, you like it or you like doing it very much. He was fond of marmalade... She is fond of collecting rare carpets. ADJ: v-link ADJ of n/-ing fondness I've always had a fondness for jewels. N-UNCOUNT: usu N for n/-ing 4. If you have fond memories of someone or something, you remember them with pleasure. I have very fond memories of living in our village. = pleasant ADJ: ADJ n fondly My dad took us there when I was about four and I remembered it fondly. ADV: ADV with v 5. You use fond to describe hopes, wishes, or beliefs which you think are foolish because they seem unlikely to be fulfilled. My fond hope is that we will be ready by Christmastime. ADJ: ADJ n fondly I fondly imagined that surgery meant a few stitches and an overnight stay in hospital. ADV: ADV with v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Foolish, silly, weak, empty, vain, absurd, senseless, baseless. 2. Doting, over-affectionate, foolishly loving, excessively tender.

Moby Thesaurus

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