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 madwoman,”
etc. “Fondling” means an idiot, or one fond.
“See how simple and how fond I am.”
Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream,
“Fonder than ignorance.”
Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida,
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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