Fondling meaning

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.

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A pet or person who is fondled; someone who is much loved.
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Present participle of fondle.
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The act of caressing; manifestation of tenderness.
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Origin of fondling

  • From fondle +‎ -ing.

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  • From fond +‎ -ling.

    From Wiktionary