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Fond, adj. 1) foolish, silly: Ven. 1021. Lucr. 216. Lucr. 216 Sonn. 3, 7. Meas. V, 105. Mids. III, 2, 317. Merch. II, 9, 27. III, 3, 9. All's V, 3, 178. Wint. IV, 1, 18. IV, 4, 437. R2 V, 2, 95. R2 V, 2, 95 H4B I, 3, 91. H6A II, 3, 45. V, 3, 81. H6B III, 1, 36. H6B III, 1, 36 R3 III, 2, 26 (Ff simple). III, 4, 83. V, 3, 330. Cor. IV, 1, 26. Tit. II, 3, 172. Rom. III, 3, 52. Tim. I, 2, 65. III, 5, 42. Caes. III, 1, 39. Lr. I, 2, 52. I, 4, 323. IV, 7, 60. Oth. I, 3, 320. III, 3, 445. Compar. “--er:” Troil. I, 1, 10. Adverbially: “f. done, done f.” All's I, 3, 76.
2) slight, trifling, trivial, not worth considering, nugatory: “not with f. shekels of the tested gold,” Meas. II, 2, 149. “full of foul hope and full of f. mistrust,” Lucr. 284. “trivial f. records,” Hml. I, 5, 99. “a kind of yesty collection, which carries them through and through the most f. and winnowed opinions,” V, 2, 200 (f. and winnowed == trite, trivial). “these are old f. paradoxes to make fools laugh i' the alehouse,” Oth. II, 1, 139.
3) doting, tender: “f. desire,” Lucr. 314. Gentl. I, 1, 52. “when men were f., I smiled,” Meas. II, 2, 187. “pretty, f. adoptious christendoms,” All's I, 1, 188. “this f. delay,” R2 V, 1, 101. “I am too f.” Rom. II, 2, 98. “f. nature bids us all lament,” IV, 5, 82. “if you are so f. over her iniquity, give her patent to offend,” Oth. IV, 1, 208 (i. e. if you grow so tender in thinking of her iniquity). With of == a) doting on, loving: Wint. I, 2, 164. John III, 4, 92. John III, 4, 92 Oth. V, 2, 157. b) desirous: “f. of no second brood,” Cor. V, 3, 162. “then old and f. of issue,” Cymb. I, 1, 37. With on == loving: “being f. on praise,” Sonn. 84, 14. “more f. on her than she upon her love,” Mids. II, 1, 266. With with: “are with gain so f.” Lucr. 134. With the inf. == desirous: “why would you be so f. to overcome the bonny priser,” As II, 3, 7.
The first and third significations blent: Lucr. 1473. Gentl. IV, 4, 201. Meas. I, 3, 23. Err. II, 1, 116. Mids. II, 2, 88. III, 2, 114.
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