Fondness is love or affection for someone. Your fondness for your funny Spanish teacher might be part of what inspires you to work hard in his class.

When you have a fondness for a person, you feel warm or tender toward them. Your sister's fondness for young children probably makes her a great babysitter. You can also have a fondness for a thing: your friend's fondness for expensive shoes could cause her constant financial difficulty, and your fondness for cupcakes might influence you to learn how to bake.

Definitions of fondness
  1. noun
    a positive feeling of liking
    synonyms: affection, affectionateness, heart, philia, tenderness, warmheartedness, warmness
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    attachment, fond regard
    a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
    a feeling of protective affection
    regard, respect
    a feeling of friendship and esteem
    soft spot
    a sentimental affection
    type of:
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  2. noun
    a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love
    synonyms: affectionateness, lovingness, warmth
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    a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
    foolish fondness for or excessive submissiveness to one's wife
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    emotionalism, emotionality
    emotional nature or quality
  3. noun
    a predisposition to like something
    “he had a fondness for whiskey”
    synonyms: fancy, partiality
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    type of:
    a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
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