Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Fond.

 Folly.Fons et Origo (Latin). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A foolish, fond parent. Here fond does not mean affectionate, but silly. Chaucer uses the word fonne for a simpleton, and the Scotch fou is to play the fool. Shakespeare has “fond desire,” “fond love,” “fond shekels of gold,” “fond wretch,” “fond mad-woman,” etc. “Fondling” means an idiot, or one fond.   1
“See how simple and how fond I am.”
Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, iii. 2.
“Fonder than ignorance.”
Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, i. 1.

 Folly.Fons et Origo (Latin). 


Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.