Definition of fondle in English:

fondle

verb

[with object]
  • Stroke or caress lovingly or erotically.

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

  • An act of fondling.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One person's affectionate pat is another's lascivious fondle.’
    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/