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Fondling Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    fondling n : affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs) [syn: caressing, cuddling, hugging, kissing, necking, petting, smooching, snuggling]
Fondling Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fondling \Fon"dling\, n. [From Fondle.] The act of caressing; manifestation of tenderness. Cyrus made no . . . amorous fondling To fan her pride, or melt her guardless heart. --Mickle.
Fondling Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fondling \Fond"ling\, n. [Fond + -ling.]
  1. A person or thing fondled or caressed; one treated with foolish or doting affection. Fondlings are in danger to be made fools. --L'Estrange.
  2. A fool; a simpleton; a ninny. [Obs.] --Chapman.
Fondling Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fondle \Fon"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fondled; p. pr. & vb. n. Fondling.] [From Fond, v.] To treat or handle with tenderness or in a loving manner; to caress; as, a nurse fondles a child. Syn: Syn.- See Caress.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Fondling'


Petting is the affectionate act of stroking, brushing or caressing an animal's fur, scratching its ears, rubbing its belly, etc., for mutual enjoyment. Grooming behavior in some animals is similar to petting, but generally the verb "pet" refers to a human petting a nonhuman animal or another human being.

By extension, between humans, petting also refers to affectionate stroking and caressing.

However, in a human context, "petting" often refers to amorous or sexual connotations - situations where a person touches the body of another person during kissing or lovemaking, especially parts which are typically covered by clothing (e.g., the buttocks). When the amorous play advances beyond these parameters, and leads to contact with the genitals, through clothing still, it is sometimes referred to as "heavy petting".

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  • Man accused of fondling boy, 13, held on bond
    A Michigan man accused of fondling a boy at a West Toledo hospital remained in the Lucas County jail Monday night. Read more on this news related to 'Fondling'
  • Man accused of fondling boy arraigned
    A $100,000 bond was set today for a Bedford Township man who is accused of fondling a 13-year-old boy at Mercy St. Anne Hospital in West Toledo.  Read more on this news related to 'Fondling'
  • No bail for Orland Park man charged with public indecency in Harvey
    Authorities are investigating if a man with a history of lewd behavior is wanted in connection with other incidents after the man was arrested for fondling himself in front of two young girls near a south suburban Harvey grade school. Read more on this news related to 'Fondling'

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