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Definition of fondle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fondle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈfɒndl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːndl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fondle
BrE BrE//ˈfɒndl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːndl//
 
he / she / it fondles
BrE BrE//ˈfɒndlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːndlz//
 
past simple fondled
BrE BrE//ˈfɒndld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːndld//
 
past participle fondled
BrE BrE//ˈfɒndld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːndld//
 
-ing form fondling
BrE BrE//ˈfɒndlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːndlɪŋ//
 
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fondle somebody/something to touch and move your hand gently over somebody/something, especially in a sexual way, or in order to show love synonym caress He kissed and fondled her face and neck. She fondled the dog’s ears affectionately. See related entries: Love Word Origin late 17th cent. (in the sense ‘pamper’): back-formation from obsolete fondling ‘much-loved or petted person’, from fond + -ling.
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