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.
  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To be fond; to dote.
  • transitive v. To caress; to fondle.

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


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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English fond, fonned, past participle of Middle English fonnen ("to be foolish, be simple, dote"), equivalent to fon +‎ -ed. More at fon.


  • Alas, I have no dowry to give you, save the blessing of your dear old -- your dear fond, _fond_ father, _ (kisses her forehead) _ But only obey me in this, and Lady Fortune will smile on us all -- smile -- _smile_.

    Oh! Susannah! A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts

  • While I have no doubt that _au fond ... au fond_ he is a charming boy, quite charming, at present he is -- shall I say?

    The Little Nugget

  • V. ii.199 (334,4) a kind of yesty collection, which carries them through and through the most fond and winnowed opinions] [W: most fann'd] This is a very happy emendation; but I know not why the critic should suppose that _fond_ was printed for _fann'd_ in consequence of any reason or reflection.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • He has and always will remain fond of the fans in Minnesota.

    Vikings plan to release Randy Moss

  • Probably the one of which I'm most fond is the barber Floyd Bone, who first makes his appearance in chapter 2:

    Fan Fiction Update

  • I call her fond names, and make the sign of the cross over it every night.

    The Insulted and the Injured

  • In French cooking, a stock is called the fond de cuisine, the foundation of cooking.


  • John smiled at her in fond thanks – the wife who hindered him by no selfishness or weakness, but was his right hand and support in everything.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • He went from London into Gloucestershire to my sister who was very ill, and his youngest girl, of which he was very fond, is since dead.

    Letters from Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple (1652-54)

  • She has these here things they call fond memories, and maybe a lock of hair and a corset steel that he broke, treasured up.

    Heart of the West [Annotated]


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  • Originally the past participle of a now obsolete verb 'fon', whose original meaning was "lose flavour, become insipid", later extended to foolishness of various kinds, in particular foolish doting upon something: whence the modern sense, with the foolishness unimplied. Probably related to 'fun'.

    July 17, 2009