from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a strong liking, inclination, or affection: fond of ballet; fond of my nieces and nephews.
- adj. Affectionate; tender: a fond embrace.
- adj. Immoderately affectionate or indulgent; doting: fond grandparents who tended to spoil the child.
- adj. Cherished; dear: my fondest hopes.
- adj. Archaic Naively credulous or foolish.
- n. The background of a design in lace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a liking or affection (for).
- adj. Affectionate.
- adj. Indulgent.
- adj. Outlandish; foolish; silly.
- n. The background design in lace-making.
- v. To have a foolish affection for, to be fond of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of find. Found.
- adj. Foolish; silly; simple; weak.
- adj. Foolishly tender and loving; weakly indulgent; over-affectionate.
- adj. Affectionate; loving; tender; -- in a good sense.
- adj. Loving; much pleased; affectionately regardful, indulgent, or desirous; longing or yearning; -- followed by of (formerly also by on).
- adj. Doted on; regarded with affection.
- adj. Trifling; valued by folly; trivial.
- transitive v. To caress; to fondle.
- intransitive v. To be fond; to dote.
- n. Foundation; bottom; groundwork
- n. The ground.
- n. The broth or juice from braised flesh or fish, usually served as a sauce.
- n. Fund, stock, or store.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete preterit of find.
- A Middle English form of fand.
- Foolish; simple; silly.
- Exhibiting or expressing foolishness or folly.
- Foolishly tender and loving; doting; weakly indulgent; also (without implication of weakness or foolishness), tender; loving; very affectionate.
- Foolishly or extravagantly prized; hence, trifling; trivial.
- Disposed to prize highly or to like very much; feeling affection or pleasure: usually followed by of, rarely by an infinitive: as, to be fond of children; to be fond of oysters.
- Cloyingly sweet in taste or smell; fulsome; luscious.
- To be fond; be in love; dote.
- To treat with great indulgence or tenderness; caress; fondle.
- n. Bottom.
- n. Fund; stock.
- n. (F. pron. fôṅ). A background or groundwork, especially of lace.
- n. A gravy from braized and spiced meats which serves as the foundation for sauces.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having or displaying warmth or affection
- adj. absurd or silly because unlikely
- adj. extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent
- adj. (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for
Middle English fonned, foolish, probably from past participle of fonnen, to be foolish, probably from fonne, fool.
French, from Old French fonds, fond, from Latin fundus, bottom.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fond, fonned, past participle of Middle English fonnen ("to be foolish, be simple, dote"), equivalent to fon + -ed. More at fon. (Wiktionary)