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

n a positive feeling of liking

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
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the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love

affectionateness, lovingness, warmth
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

n a predisposition to like something

“he had a fondness for whiskey”
fancy, partiality
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a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment

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