fondly [fond-lee] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for fondly on adverb

  1. in a fond manner; lovingly or affectionately: He looked fondly at his child.
  2. Archaic. with complacent credulity; foolishly.

Origin of fondly Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at fond1, -ly Related Words for fondly warmly, passionately, respectfully, zealously, earnestly, reverently, longingly, affectionately, admiringly, fondly, generously, kindly, loyally, adoringly, appreciatively, ardently, attentively, considerately, devotedly, endearingly Examples from the Web for fondly Contemporary Examples of fondly

  • Fondly nicknamed “the Worst Boy In Town,” Penrod is conniving but not clever, wicked but rarely cruel.

    American Dreams, 1914: Penrod by Booth Tarkington

    Nathaniel Rich

    February 27, 2014

  • The Allens really were invited by Mrs. Reagan to that state dinner, a memory they fondly recounted in the Post article.

    ‘The Butler’ Fact Check: How True Is This True Story?

    Kevin Fallon

    August 16, 2013

  • Latifah fondly remembers chastising other girls in high school when they got into fights over the simple things like boys.

    Queen Latifah Talks About the ‘Steel Magnolias’ Remake and the Importance of Diversity

    Allison Samuels

    October 7, 2012

  • That’s a legacy for which they will be fondly remembered by almost all.

    Mark McKinnon: Backstage at the Bush Movie

    Mark McKinnon

    August 30, 2012

  • Jerry Mersa, a plump 38-year-old, remembers Taylor fondly as a president who gave the common man a sense of dignity.

    Charles Taylor’s Hague Sentence Sparks War-Crimes Debate In Liberia

    Clair MacDougall

    May 30, 2012

  • Historical Examples of fondly

  • He fondly imagined that they were cursing hard, if not loud.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • You are susceptible, imaginative; do not demand too much, or dream too fondly.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • She wanted to put her arms round her, and say fondly, “Never mind!”

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • He was still holding Casanova’s hands, and he pressed them fondly.

    Casanova’s Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • She stooped to kiss the child, and fondly clasped her arm round his neck.

    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    Anne Bronte

  • Word Origin and History for fondly adj.

    mid-14c., “foolishly,” from fond + -ly (2). Meaning “affectionately” is from 1590s.

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