Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To handle, stroke, or caress lovingly. See Synonyms at caress.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To treat with indulgence and solicitude; pamper.
  • intransitive v. To show fondness or affection by caressing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To touch or stroke lovingly.
  • v. To grasp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To treat or handle with tenderness or in a loving manner; to caress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To treat with tender caresses; bestow tokens of love upon; caress: as, to fondle a child.
  • To show fondness, as by manners, words, or caresses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner

Etymologies

Frequentative of fond1, to show fondness for (obsolete).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Frequentative of fond. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He began this episode by saying that no less than 34 books, including the Tafsir of al-Qurtubi and Sahih Muslim, record that Muhammad used to "fondle" - Botros scowled at the screen - "kiss and have sex while fasting, though he forbade others from doing so."

    Jihad Watch

  • Freud's obsession with archaeology -- he liked to "fondle" antique objects while he ate -- has interested psychoanalysts more than archaeologists.

    Books: Seductions of the Soil

  • And remember ... when you are looking at the packs, do NOT forget to "fondle" them!

    Magical Disney Forums

  • And he has clearly been attending the Michael Heseltine Clinic for Sexual Fulfilment, where politicians are taught to stroke and fondle their party so as to inflame uncontrollable passions.

    Simon Hoggart's sketch: Man with big vision fondles the faithful

  • Please do not fondle the other commenters. chrismealy says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Endgame

  • I watched him open his arms, I watched him flirt, and I watched him fondle--all the while with a huge grin on his face and a cigar in his mouth.

    David Wygant: The Cheatanator Arnold Schwarzenegger; What Next?

  • Ro felt her vagina begin to mist and seize as she watched the two women fondle, kiss and rub up on each other.

    I.O.U.

  • He slipped his cock from its denim confinement and began to fondle himself as he watched the show.

    I.O.U.

  • Workers then parade the boars in front of sows and ogle and fondle sows 'genitals to see which pigs are "ready" to have a tube of pig semen shoved into them.

    Bruce Friedrich: Does Eating Meat Support Bestiality?

  • Male pigs are confined in crates while workers fondle their genitals and masturbate them to collect their semen.

    Bruce Friedrich: Does Eating Meat Support Bestiality?

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