fondling

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From fond +‎ -ling.

Noun[edit]

fondling (plural fondlings)

  1. (obsolete) A foolish person.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.6:
      Yet were her words and lookes but false and fayned, / To some hid end to make more easie way, / Or to allure such fondlings whom she trayned / Into her trap […].
    • 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, Vol. I, ch. 10:
      'How can you say I am harsh, you naughty fondling?' cried the mistress, amazed at the unreasonable assertion.
  2. A pet or person who is fondled; someone who is much loved.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From fondle +‎ -ing.

Verb[edit]

fondling

  1. Present participle of fondle.
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Noun[edit]

fondling (plural fondlings)

  1. The act of caressing; manifestation of tenderness.
    • Mickle
      Cyrus made no [] amorous fondling / To fan her pride, or melt her guardless heart.

References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967