Fond vs Flirtatious - What's the difference?

fond | flirtatious |

As adjectives the difference between fond and flirtatious

is that fond is (chiefly|with of) having a liking or affection (for) while flirtatious is of or pertaining to flirtation.

As a noun fond

is the background design in lace-making.

As a verb fond

is (obsolete) to have a foolish affection for, to be fond of.




  • (chiefly, with of) Having a liking or affection (for).
  • * Shakespeare
  • more fond on her than she upon her love
  • * Irving
  • a great traveller, and fond of telling his adventures
  • .
  • a fond farewell
    a fond mother or wife
  • .
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    I have fond grandparents who spoil me.
  • ; foolish; silly.
  • Your fond dreams of flying to Jupiter have been quashed by the facts of reality.
  • (obsolete) Foolish; simple; weak.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Grant I may never prove so fond / To trust man on his oath or bond.
  • (obsolete) Doted on; regarded with affection.
  • * Byron
  • Nor fix on fond abodes to circumscribe thy prayer.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * fondly * fondness * overfond


    (en noun)
  • The background design in lace-making.
  • (cooking) brown residue in pans from cooking meats and vegetables.
  • He used the fond to make a classic French pan sauce.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To have a foolish affection for, to be fond of.
  • (obsolete) To caress; to fondle.
  • * Dryden
  • The Tyrian hugs and fonds thee on her breast.




    (en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to flirtation.
  • (of a person) Having a tendency to flirt often.
  • Synonyms

    * cheeky, coquettish


    * prudish, reserved

    Derived terms

    * flirtatiously * flirtatiousness