intransitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to stroke or handle (someone or something) in a tender and loving way; caress
- to touch or stroke (someone), often inappropriately, in making sexual advances
- Obs. to pamper
Origin of fondlefrequentative of obsolete verb fond from fond
verbfon·dled, fon·dling, fon·dles
- To handle, stroke, or touch lovingly. See Synonyms at caress.
- To handle, stroke, or touch sexually and inappropriately.
- Obsolete To treat with indulgence and solicitude; pamper.
- To show fondness or affection by stroking or touching.
- To touch, stroke, or handle someone or something sexually and inappropriately.
Origin of fondleFrequentative of fond 1 to show fondness for (obsolete)
(third-person singular simple present fondles, present participle fondling, simple past and past participle fondled)
Frequentative of fond.