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’
    • ‘He fondled her soft ears and, for just a moment, laid his cheek against her neck.’
    • ‘In the print version, Anoushka is sitting beside her famous father, fondling the goat.’
    • ‘Soviet-style posters of happy storm troopers and peasant girls fondling potent sheaves fade and curl in the hot wind.’
    • ‘This can include cuddling, fondling, stroking, massaging and kissing.’
    • ‘I also saw one elderly couple fondling the power tools and speaking in a language consisting solely of consonants and facial expressions.’
    • ‘I looked up to see one of the boys, he was fondling me, touching me and I tried to scream.’
    • ‘He sits there on the sofa, slowly turning the pages, fondling each and every one.’
    • ‘He chuckled and fondled his sword handle lovingly.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘In the affidavit, Imre describes she and the boy kissing and fondling one another.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She fondled his hair lovingly and made her way to Jessica's room.’
    • ‘He was accused of fondling the girl while posing for a photo with her and her mother.’
    • ‘He looked at them and fondled their strings lovingly.’
    • ‘After she told him she pierced her belly, Dueck began fondling her.’
    • ‘Throughout, he narrows his eyes behind bushy eyebrows and slips coins from hand to hand, as if fondling a rosary.’
    • ‘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
    maul, molest
    paw, grope, feel up, touch up, cop a feel of
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noun

  • An act of fondling.

    • ‘Chocolate responds to the warmth of your mouth and each fondle of your tongue, softly, slinkily and slowly it melts.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

fondle

/ˈfändl/