Definition of fondle in English:

fondle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Stroke or caress lovingly or erotically.

    ‘he kissed and fondled her’
    • ‘In the affidavit, Imre describes she and the boy kissing and fondling one another.’
    • ‘Soviet-style posters of happy storm troopers and peasant girls fondling potent sheaves fade and curl in the hot wind.’
    • ‘He was accused of fondling the girl while posing for a photo with her and her mother.’
    • ‘He stops in front of the row of Silliscups rip-offs and begins fondling each one, seemingly to judge the sturdiness of the plastic.’
    • ‘I looked up to see one of the boys, he was fondling me, touching me and I tried to scream.’
    • ‘She was with a man who seemed as oblivious to public decency as she was, kissing and fondling her as they walked.’
    • ‘This can include cuddling, fondling, stroking, massaging and kissing.’
    • ‘He sits there on the sofa, slowly turning the pages, fondling each and every one.’
    • ‘He may need counselling after they kept fondling him throughout the fourth quarter.’
    • ‘Despite this, I can often be found salivating over a Viking catalogue or fondling the gorgeous specimens on sale in Paperchase.’
    • ‘He looked at them and fondled their strings lovingly.’
    • ‘In the print version, Anoushka is sitting beside her famous father, fondling the goat.’
    • ‘He chuckled and fondled his sword handle lovingly.’
    • ‘He fondled her soft ears and, for just a moment, laid his cheek against her neck.’
    • ‘After she told him she pierced her belly, Dueck began fondling her.’
    • ‘Eriksson was quick to signal his intentions by fondling her at the table, she said.’
    • ‘Calling her over, Justine stroked her sleek face and fondled her mane.’
    • ‘I also saw one elderly couple fondling the power tools and speaking in a language consisting solely of consonants and facial expressions.’
    • ‘She fondled his hair lovingly and made her way to Jessica's room.’
    • ‘Throughout, he narrows his eyes behind bushy eyebrows and slips coins from hand to hand, as if fondling a rosary.’
    caress, stroke, pat, pet, pull, finger, touch, tickle, twiddle, play with, massage, knead
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noun

  • An act of fondling.

    • ‘One person's affectionate pat is another's lascivious fondle.’
    • ‘A penniless Essex University student is auctioning a fondle of her breasts on E-bay to get her through the year.’
    • ‘Chocolate responds to the warmth of your mouth and each fondle of your tongue, softly, slinkily and slowly it melts.’
    stroke, stroking, touch, touching, fondle, fondling, skim, pat, nuzzle, nuzzling, kiss
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Origin

Late 17th century (in the sense ‘pamper’): back-formation from obsolete fondling ‘much-loved or petted person’, from fond + -ling.

Pronunciation

fondle

/ˈfɒnd(ə)l/