, -·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.
- Obsolete To treat with indulgence and solicitude; pamper.
To show fondness or affection by stroking or touching.
Origin of fondleFrequentative of fond1, to show fondness for (obsolete).
(third-person singular simple present fondles, present participle fondling, simple past and past participle fondled)
Frequentative of fond.