Word of the Day: fond

Word of the Day
April 14, 2016
fond (adjective)
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We're very fond of each other!
Fond is an adjective with different meanings. If you are fond of something or someone, it means that you like that thing or person. When something is fond, that means that it is loving and affectionate. However, fond also has a negative sense; it can mean 'excessively nice and overindulgent.'


Example sentences
I am very fond of chocolate cake.
All the neighbors were fond of the kind old man at the end of the street.
The little boy's mother gave him a kiss goodbye at the school door; her fond gesture made him feel better for the rest of the day.
They were fond parents who spoiled their children.


Words often used with fond
fond hopes: hopes that are founded on yearning, or what you want, rather than reason. Example: "Even though Winifred showed no interest in him, George still nurtured fond hopes of marrying her."
Did you know?
Being fond of something is just another way of saying that you like it. It is different from saying that you fancy something (which is mostly used in British English), which means that you want that thing at the moment or at a particular time. Example: "I always fancy a cup of coffee first thing in the morning." Being fond of a person means that you feel affection for that person, whereas if you fancy someone (also only used in British English), that means you find that person attractive. In the US we use this sense of fond mostly in more formal contexts and often just say like instead.
Other forms
fondless (noun), fondly (adverb)
Fond dates back to the first half of the 14th century and comes from the Middle English word fond or fonned (the past participle of fonnen, meaing 'to be foolish'; originally, it meant 'to lose flavor or sour').
Fond in other languages
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