Fondle

  • 1 Fondle — Fon dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fondled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fondling}.] [From {Fond}, v.] To treat or handle with tenderness or in a loving manner; to caress; as, a nurse fondles a child. Syn: Syn. See {Caress}. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 fondle — (v.) 1690s, treat with indulgence and affection, frequentative of fond dote upon (see FOND (Cf. fond)). Sense of caress first recorded 1796. Related: Fondled; fondling (1670s as a pp. adjective) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 fondle — pet, cosset, *caress, cuddle, dandle …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 fondle — [v] touch lovingly bear hug*, caress, clutch, cosset, cuddle, dandle, embrace, feel, fool around*, grab, grope, hug, love, make love to, neck, nestle, nuzzle, pat, paw, pet, play footsie*, snuggle, squeeze, stroke; concepts 190,375 …

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  • 5 fondle — ► VERB ▪ stroke or caress lovingly or erotically. ► NOUN ▪ an act of fondling. DERIVATIVES fondler noun. ORIGIN back formation from obsolete fondling «much loved or petted person», from FOND(Cf. ↑fondness) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 fondle — [fän′dəl] vt. fondled, fondling [freq. of obs. v. fond < FOND1] 1. to stroke or handle in a tender and loving way; caress 2. to touch or stroke, often inappropriately, in making sexual advances 3. Obs. to pamper SYN. CARESS fondler …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 fondle — fondler, n. fondlingly, adv. /fon dl/, v., fondled, fondling. v.t. 1. to handle or touch lovingly, affectionately, or tenderly; caress: to fondle a precious object; to fondle a child. 2. Obs. to treat with fond indulgence. v.i. 3. to show… …

    Universalium

  • 8 fondle — [[t]fɒ̱nd(ə)l[/t]] fondles, fondling, fondled VERB If you fondle someone or something, you touch them gently with a stroking movement, usually in a sexual way. [V n] He tried to kiss her and fondle her …

    English dictionary

  • 9 fondle — UK [ˈfɒnd(ə)l] / US [ˈfɑnd(ə)l] verb [transitive] Word forms fondle : present tense I/you/we/they fondle he/she/it fondles present participle fondling past tense fondled past participle fondled to squeeze or rub someone or something gently,… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 fondle — verb (fondled; fondling) Etymology: frequentative of obsolete fond to fondle Date: 1694 transitive verb 1. obsolete pamper 2. to handle tenderly, lovingly, or lingeringly ; caress intransitive verb to sh …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 fondle —    to caress sexually    Literally, to handle something or someone fondly:     ... she had learned to slide her hand into his slitted pocket and fondle him. (Sanders, 1973) …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 12 fondle — fon•dle [[t]ˈfɒn dl[/t]] v. dled, dling 1) to handle or touch affectionately: to fondle one s baby[/ex] 2) to molest sexually by touching, stroking, etc 3) Obs. to pamper 4) to show love by caresses • Etymology: 1685–95; der. of fond I fon′dler,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 fondle — Synonyms and related words: bear, bosom, care for, caress, cherish, clasp, cling to, clip, cocker, coddle, cosset, cradle, cuddle, cultivate, dandle, dry nurse, embosom, embrace, entertain, feed, feel up, foster, handle, harbor, have, have and… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 fondle — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. pet, caress, cosset, feel up (sl.). See endearment. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. caress, stroke, pet; see caress . See Synonym Study at caress . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. stroke, caress, pat,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 fondle — fon|dle [ˈfɔndl US ˈfa:ndl] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: fond to love too much (16 17 centuries), from FOND] to gently touch and move your fingers over part of someone s body in a way that shows love or sexual desire ▪ She fondled his neck …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 fondle — fon|dle [ fandl ] verb transitive to squeeze or rub someone or something gently, especially for sexual pleasure …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 fondle — fon·dle || fÉ‘ndl / fÉ’ndl v. touch fondly, caress, stroke; show fondness …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 fondle — verb stroke or caress lovingly or erotically. noun an act of fondling. Derivatives fondler noun Origin C17: back form. from obs. fondling much loved or petted person , from fond + ling …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 fondle — v. a. 1. Caress, coddle, cosset, blandish, pet. 2. Pet, treat with fondness, indulge, spoil, make much of, make a pet of …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 fondle — verb (T) to gently touch and move your fingers over part of someone s body in a way that shows love: She fondled the puppy s neck …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English