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Webster 1913 Edition


Fondly

Fond′ly

,
adv.
1.
Foolishly.
[Archaic]
Verstegan (1673).
Make him speak
fondly
like a frantic man.
Shakespeare
2.
In a fond manner; affectionately; tenderly.
My heart, untraveled,
fondly
turns to thee.
Goldsmith.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fondly

FOND'LY

,
adv.
1.
Foolishly; weakly; imprudently; with indiscreet affection.
Fondly we think we merit honor then,
When we but praise ourselves in other men.
2.
With great or extreme affection. We fondly embrace those who are dear to us.

Definition 2021


fondly

fondly

English

Adverb

fondly (comparative more fondly, superlative most fondly)

  1. In a fond manner; affectionately; tenderly.
  2. (dated) Foolishly.
    • 1861, The Living Age
      [] she fondly believes that ten millions of the free people of the Union will allow her and her seceding brethren to open and shut the portals of this mighty region at their pleasure.