Etymology
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fondly (adj.)

mid-14c., "foolishly," from fond + -ly (2). Formerly sometimes in a bad sense, "with indiscreet or excessive affection" (1762). Meaning "affectionately" is from 1590s.

updated on December 15, 2014

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Definitions of fondly from WordNet

fondly (adv.)
with fondness; with love;
she spoke to her children fondly
Synonyms: lovingly
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