Definition of fondling:
- caressing (part of speech: verb)
- endearing (part of speech: verb)
A half- dozen times after she came back from John Grier's office, with slightly heightening colour, and the bright interest in her eyes, and had gone about the garden fondling the flowers, he had started towards her; but had stopped short before her natural modesty.- "Carnac's Folly, Volume 2.", Gilbert Parker.
If doves have a sixth sense that warns them before they hear the hawk's cry, or discern the shadow of his circling wings, and if mice, dumb in a cat's claws, surmise the exact value of the preliminary caresses, the graceful antics, the fatal fondling of the velvet paw, so we, the prey of legal 'Justice' know instinctively what the swinging of censers, and the chanting of her high priest mean, when he draws near us.- "At the Mercy of Tiberius", August Evans Wilson.
- "The Sheep and Lamb", Thomas Miller.