- 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, Vol. I, ch. 10:
- 'How can you say I am harsh, you naughty fondling?' cried the mistress, amazed at the unreasonable assertion.
- A pet or person who is fondled; someone who is much loved.
From fond + -ling.
- Present participle of fondle.
- The act of caressing; manifestation of tenderness.
From fondle + -ing.