Fond



[fond] /fɒnd/

adjective, fonder, fondest.
1.
having a liking or affection for (usually followed by of):
to be fond of animals.
2.
loving; affectionate:
to give someone a fond look.
3.
excessively tender or overindulgent; doting:
a fond parent.
4.
cherished with strong or unreasoning feeling:
to nourish fond hopes of becoming president.
5.
Archaic. foolish or silly.
6.
Archaic. foolishly credulous or trusting.
[fond; French fawn] /fɒnd; French fɔ̃/
noun, plural fonds [fondz; French fawn] /fɒndz; French fɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
1.
a background or groundwork, especially of lace.
2.
Obsolete. ; stock.
/fɒnd/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) foll by of. predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
2.
loving; tender: a fond embrace
3.
indulgent; doting: a fond mother
4.
(of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realized: he had fond hopes of starting his own business
5.
(archaic or dialect)

/fɒnd; French fɔ̃/
noun
1.
the background of a design, as in lace
2.
(obsolete) fund; stock
adj.

mid-14c., originally “foolish, silly,” from past tense of fonnen “to fool, be foolish,” perhaps from Middle English fonne “fool” (early 14c.), of uncertain origin; or possibly related to fun.

Meaning evolved by 1590 via “foolishly tender” to “having strong affections for.” Another sense of fonne was “to lose savor,” which may be the original meaning of the word (e.g. Wyclif: “Gif þe salt be fonnyd it is not worþi,” c.1380). Related: Fonder; fondest.

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