Definition of fondle in English:

fondle

verb

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

    ‘the dog came over to have his ears fondled’
    ‘charges that he fondled a patient during an examination’
    • ‘She was with a man who seemed as oblivious to public decency as she was, kissing and fondling her as they walked.’
    • ‘Calling her over, Justine stroked her sleek face and fondled her mane.’
    • ‘Eriksson was quick to signal his intentions by fondling her at the table, she said.’
    • ‘In the print version, Anoushka is sitting beside her famous father, fondling the goat.’
    • ‘He may need counselling after they kept fondling him throughout the fourth quarter.’
    • ‘Throughout, he narrows his eyes behind bushy eyebrows and slips coins from hand to hand, as if fondling a rosary.’
    • ‘Despite this, I can often be found salivating over a Viking catalogue or fondling the gorgeous specimens on sale in Paperchase.’
    • ‘After she told him she pierced her belly, Dueck began fondling her.’
    • ‘He chuckled and fondled his sword handle lovingly.’
    • ‘He sits there on the sofa, slowly turning the pages, fondling each and every one.’
    • ‘He was accused of fondling the girl while posing for a photo with her and her mother.’
    • ‘I looked up to see one of the boys, he was fondling me, touching me and I tried to scream.’
    • ‘He looked at them and fondled their strings lovingly.’
    • ‘He fondled her soft ears and, for just a moment, laid his cheek against her neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She fondled his hair lovingly and made her way to Jessica's room.’
    • ‘This can include cuddling, fondling, stroking, massaging and kissing.’
    • ‘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 also saw one elderly couple fondling the power tools and speaking in a language consisting solely of consonants and facial expressions.’
    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.’
    • ‘One person's affectionate pat is another's lascivious fondle.’
    • ‘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

/ˈfändl//ˈfɑndl/