1. Foolishness; weakness; want of sense or judgment. obsolete
2. Foolish tenderness.
3. Tender passion; warm affection.
Her fondness for a certain earl began when I was but a girl.
4. Strong inclination or propensity; as a fondness for vice or sin.
5. Strong appetite or relish; as fondness for ardent spirit, or for a particular kind of food.
[It is now used chiefly in the three latter senses.]